Philippe Coutinho unveiled as Aston Villa player (photos)

29-year-old Brazilian, Philippe Coutinho is pictured in Aston Villa colors for the first time since his loan deal and Premier League return from Barcelona was confirmed...

Coutinho's temporary move to Villa Park was confirmed last week, with the Midlands club holding the option to sign the former Liverpool star permanently at the end of this current season. 

The Brazilian was unveiled as a Villa player late on Tuesday night and will wear the No 23 shirt between now and the end of the season.

Coutinho's loan deal was confirmed on January 7 but immigration and medical reasons meant he was not able to take part in Villa's FA Cup third round defeat away at Manchester United on Monday night.

Villa boss Steven Gerrard and Coutinho played together at Liverpool from 2013 to 15, and nearly helped the Anfield club to the league title under Brendan Rodgers in 2014.

The Brazilian will, however, be available to face United in their Premier League encounter at Villa Park on Saturday.  


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