Why Gary Neville is unhappy with Chelsea’s decision to sign Coutinho

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes Chelsea’s decision to sign Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho at a time the club is urging players to take wage cuts is illogical.

“It’s like a parallel universe,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“A story has been breaking every three days, that Cesar Azpilicueta has been in talks with the Chelsea board about a reported 10-15 per cent pay cut. That might be fabrication, but I doubt it because we’ve heard it far too often.

“So, to hear in the next breath, as a Chelsea player looking at a 10-15 per cent wage deferral or reduction, that they are looking to buy Coutinho for £70-odd million, you’d be like ‘well, which one is it?’

“If I was a player in a dressing room now, I would look at a referral that could turn into a pay cut at a certain point in time. But, if the club increase their budget or sign a player for £75m I’d be saying, ‘you have to pay our money first’.

“You cannot go and sign a player for £75m and tell your players you cannot pay them, it’s just illogical.”

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