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Former Chelsea captain Frank Leboeuf has urged Chelsea not to sign Philippe Coutinho, however, Emmanuel Petit says he would be ‘very, very happy’ to see Philippe Coutinho back in the Premier League amid rumours Chelsea are interested in signing the midfielder this summer.
Coutinho failed to live up to his enormous £145m price tag after joining Barcelona from Liverpool back in 2018.
The 27-year-old joined Bayern Munich on loan last summer as he looked to get his career back on track.
Petit had similar struggles when he completed a move from Arsenal to Barca back in 2000.
Petit said: “If I was Philippe Coutinho, every morning I would wake up and think to myself, “Why, why, did I sign [for Barcelona] in Spain?”
“And do you know why I say this? Because, I can remember the time when I’d wake up, when I was at Barcelona, when I left Arsenal, and I was thinking the same way, “Why did I leave? Why did I leave? Why did I leave?” ‘To be honest with you I am sure Coutinho has been asking himself the same question for a while now. He left for Bayern Munich, he does sometimes play well but he’s not really a first-team player.”
“I’m pretty sure it would work out for him [returning to England]. He fits perfectly with the Premier League,” Petit added. “He’s got the vision, the technique, the speed, he can strike, he has the creativity. We all know what he is capable of. I was a big fan of his when he was at Liverpool. I would be very, very happy to see him back in the Premier League.
“He won’t go back to Liverpool. When I was at Barcelona, they wanted me back at Arsenal, and it was tempting – I was close to returning to Arsenal. But at the end of the day, I was thinking “Emmanuel, you need to be honest with yourself. If you left a year ago it was for a reason”.
“If Coutinho is honest with himself, since he left Liverpool they have won the Champions League and they’re on the way to winning the Premier League. Liverpool haven’t needed him, so why would he go back to Liverpool?”