Castelldefels Locals Have A Theory For Why Philippe Coutinho Is Struggling At Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho has found himself on the receiving end of criticism during his time at Barcelona.
The 26-year-old Brazilian arrived at the Camp Nou from Liverpool last year, but he has struggled to live up to the high expectations that have been placed on him.
However, it would seem that there is a theory going around with residents in Castelldefels, which is in the province of Barcelona, about Coutinho's home.
That's right, ESPN reports that the locals believe that the former Liverpool star's home is 'jinxed.'
According to the publication, Cesc Fàbregas purchased the property months before he was sold to Chelsea.
The so-called curse extended to Thomas Vermaelen, who also decided to stay at the property at the same time as he battled through injuries.
See a similar pattern emerging, yes? Well, we'll continue.
André Gomes, who is out on loan at Everton, also moved into the home following his arrival from Valencia.
As ESPN pointed out, however, the 25-year-old Portuguese midfielder 'never found his feet at Camp Nou, admitting that he struggled to deal with the criticism his performances garnered from supporters.'
Fast-forward to present day and Coutinho, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United, finds himself in a similar position.
Granted, the Barcelona star was bought for a reported fee of £105m -- potentially rising to £142m through different add-ons -- in comparison to Gomes' reported fee of €35m (again, not to mention the €20m in clauses), but he has been jeered by the Barça supporters.
SPORTbible recently reported that three clubs have made contact with the Brazil international's agent over a potential transfer in the summer.
While questions continue to be raised over Coutinho's future at the Spanish club, there is one person that believes what he is going through at the club is "normal."
That's according to Roberto Fernández, who was the former sporting director for Barcelona when Coutinho arrived at the club.
"It's normal, what he's going through," he told ESPN.
"He's one of the best footballers in the world, but there's just one thing holding him back, something which would have the same effect on anyone: if you don't play regularly, you begin to despair.
"Do you think if Messi wasn't playing as much as he wanted, he wouldn't lose heart? All footballers want the same thing. Coutinho is an exceptional baller."
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