Philippe Coutinho will either be a Liverpool or Barcelona player come the close of the transfer window later this week.
The Brazilian playmaker has been the subject of a enduring tug of war scored all summer with the Catalans still confident of landing their prime target for a whopping £140m.
But, according to an interview with Marca back in 2008, neither side are Coutinho’s ‘dream club.’
Coutinho, alongside compatriot and best pal Neymar, indeed told the Spanish news outlet that Real Madrid would be his club of choice.
“The Spanish League [is the best] because in it are the best players in the world, like Robinho and Ronaldinho,” he said.
Both were then asked the same question: Which is your dream club?
Coutinho: “Real Madrid. It is the best team in the world.”
Neymar: “Real Madrid.”
Given Barcelona were in the middle of an entirely unprecedented era of dominance masterminded by Pep Guardiola at the time, those comments don’t really have much substance.
But it does emphasise the pull factor of Spain and, in particular, Madrid to South American players.
Coutinho handed in a transfer request in a bid to force through a move to Barca earlier this month, but Liverpool remain adamant he will not be sold this summer.
They are looking to bring in Thomas Lemar from Monaco as a replacement, coupled with the addition of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig in 12 months time.
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