Phillipe Coutinho has joined Qatari champions Al-Duhail SC on a season-long loan from Aston Villa

Philippe Coutinho Aston Villa 2023Getty
  • Coutinho joins Al-Duhail on loan
  • Was struggling for minutes at Villa
  • Has a contract with Villa until 2026

WHAT HAPPENED? The Brazilian midfielder is looking to revive his career away from English shores after a challenging season at Villa. He managed just two substitute appearances in the current campaign which is in stark contrast to his bright form during the 2021-22 season after he joined form Barcelona.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Coutinho rose to the occasion scoring on his Villa debut in a 2-2 draw against Manchester United debut and went on to contribute five goals and three assists in the 2021-22 season. However, injuries and managerial changes affected his playing time and form. His dip in form also saw him miss out on Brazil's 2022 World Cup squad.


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WHAT NEXT? Coutinho has a contract with Villa until 2026 and if he manages to hit top gear in Qatar, he might be recalled to the Premier League side next summer.

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