Steven Gerrard sends message to Philippe Coutinho as new Aston Villa loan signing completes medical

Coutinho has joined Villa for the remainder of the campaign (Picture: Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard is looking forward to working with ‘outstanding’ new Aston Villa loan signing Philippe Coutinho.

Villa agreed a deal with Barcelona to take the Brazilian on loan until the end of the season, including an option to make the move permanent in the summer for a rumoured fee of £40million (£33.4m).

The Midlands club have confirmed that Coutinho has completed his medical and is obtaining a work permit in France.

Gerrard is excited to link up with his former teammate (Picture: Getty Images)

Villa boss Gerrard, who played alongside the midfielder at Anfield, is eagerly anticipating the arrival of his former teammate.

‘Philippe is currently in the process of finalising his immigration papers and we are looking forward to getting him on the training pitch with the group on Wednesday at Bodymoor,’ said Liverpool legend Gerrard.

‘He is an outstanding footballer who boasts a highly impressive CV laced with plenty of elite honours.

‘I am really pleased that we have been able to bring him on board and I am looking forward to working with him.

‘He is a player I enjoyed playing with previously and I know the rest of the squad here at Aston Villa will benefit from his quality and experience.

‘His presence will be invaluable given injuries and the AFCON tournament have reduced our attacking options.’

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