Iniesta ready to welcome Coutinho

21 December 2017 13:12:59 EST

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta says signing Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool would be a 'step forward' for the club and not a threat to his place in the team.

The Brazilian is once more being linked with the La Liga leaders in the January transfer window, with Barcelona having failed in their quest to lure him away from Anfield in the summer.

Three Barcelona bids couldn't prize Coutinho away from Liverpool last time but CEO Oscar Grau says the Catalan club 'are prepared' to sign him next month.

I don't see him as competition for me, but as a step forward for the club.

Andres Iniesta

Iniesta, 33, doesn't see Coutinho as someone who will come in and take his place but as a player who will improve Barcelona's current side with him in it.

"I think Coutinho's a great team player with a huge amount of talent," Iniesta told Mundo Deportivo.

"He can use both feet, he scores goals, he links play well and gets between the lines in attack.

"He's a player with qualities like ours and it would be a great signing if it's finally done. I don't see him as competition for me, but as a step forward for the club."

Ernesto Valverde's men face Real Madrid on Saturday in the first 'El Clasico' of the season.

Barcelona, 11 points clear of the champions, are 11/5 to win at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Real 11/10 and the draw 29/10.

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