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Barcelona legend Rivaldo believes Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho can return to his best if he leaves Barcelona for Chelsea.
The Brazilian hasn’t lived up to expectations at Barcelona or Bayern Munich and Chelsea are leading the race to sign the 27 year old during the summer transfer window.
“After a season and a half at Barcelona and one more at Bayern Munich without managing to have the same success he had at Liverpool, I believe that this chance Philippe Coutinho now has of continuing his career at Chelsea could be a good option,” Rivaldo told Betfair.
“He will move to a big club and to a country and competition he knows well where he had his best years so far, so if that transfer really happens, I’m sure he will have a good chance of seeing things improve for him in the future, after all, he has already shined in the Premier League before.
“Looking at Coutinho’s last few years we can say that he didn’t achieve what was expected of him, but he still has time to recover his best football and with his confidence back he could easily become the same player he was at Liverpool.
“I consider this to be just a not-so-good spell for him, but we can’t say that he is playing poorly because it would be a lie, things are simply not running as well as many would expect when he left Liverpool to sign for Barcelona.
“Furthermore, next year we’ll have Copa America and one year later the World Cup, so it would be important for Coutinho to be playing at a good European club in order not to lose his place in the national team when those big tournaments come around.”