Chelsea attempted to sign Philippe Coutinho, Brendan Rodgers has revealed, when he was only 14.
Rodgers, presently Leicester ‘s chief, joined the Blues coaching arrangement under Jose Mourinho in 2004, filling in as a young coach and then as supervisor of stores.
At the point when the Northern Irishman took over the reins at Liverpool, he wanted to adhere to one of his old goals, taking Coutinho to Anfield in 2013.
Coutinho prospered at Liverpool in five and a half seasons, scoring 54 goals in all rivalries in 201 games before his controversial transfer to Barcelona halfway through 2017-18.
Presently Coutinho is being connected to arrival to the Premier League after three disappointing seasons among Barca and Bayern Munich. Rodgers and Leicester, similar to Manchester United, Tottenham, and Chelsea among others, have been credited with an intrigue.
Rodgers claims that once he comes to England, Coutinho would remind individuals why Barca has made him their most costly marking ever. “The vast majority will take a gander at him and imagine that he’s not for the Premier League however what a talent. He intimidates individuals with his appearance when he’s getting the show on the road. It’s really sad to see, right now I hear individuals talk to him down. This kid is top and will show that on the off chance that he results in these present circumstances league. He is the first class of the world,” he said.
Coutinho ‘s lawyer, Kia Joorabchian, said in mid-May that there had been no negotiations with any different clubs and that he was concentrating on recuperating from his latest medical procedure with ankles.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, CEO of Bayern, has since affirmed that the leaders of the Bundesliga had not activated their purchase alternative and that the clause to get him has now lapsed.