17:45  +04,  January 12, 2018

Iniesta denies claims Coutinho will push him out of the club

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has denied claims Philippe Coutinho will push him out of the club.

The 33-year-old has spent his entire career at the Catalan outfit.

But as he struggles to stay fit for consecutive matches, many have speculated Iniesta is nearing the end of his playing days.
Iniesta insists he is happy the Brazilian has arrived and is confident it will not spell the end for himself.

“I'm a player for this club and I've always said that only the best can play for this club,” he told Spanish radio station.

“That makes Coutinho one of the best. He's young and he has an innate talent, while Barcelona are a club where he can keep growing.

“That side, there will never be a player that can make me retire or kick me out of here. At 33 years of age, that isn't the issue. Coutinho has come here to improve us.

“I'm happy that he's one of the best players in his position. He has the things that we like.“

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