As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Everton striker Richarlison: Coutinho, Malcom convinced me to reject Barcelona

Everton striker Richarlison has expanded on rejecting Barcelona when they came knocking in January.

The 23-year-old forward - who arrived for a £40m fee in the summer of 2018 under Marco Silva - was the subject of reported interest from the La Liga champions in January and claims he rejected the opportunity to move to Spain.

Richarlison has scored 13 goals for Everton this season and cited the difficulties of compatriots Malcom and Philippe Coutinho since joining Barcelona as one reason he was reluctant to leave Goodison Park.

“At the time, I think [Luis] Suarez was still injured, they needed a striker there," the Brazilian told Canal Pilhado.

"But that's what I said, things didn't go forward, I was also a little moved, but that's part of football. I'm happy here at Everton and that's what I did. I think I made the right decision.

"It was in the middle of the league. I was doing well at Everton, I was in all the call ups from [Brazil national team boss] Tite. And like it or not it weighed a bit too, because I saw many Brazilians going to Barcelona and not settling.

“I saw Malcom going there and he only played a few games and then moved to Zenit. Coutinho, he moved to Bayern. So it weighs, like it or not.

"We're playing well here, we're going to the national team and suddenly you go to a club - maybe you don't get an adequate adaptation, you go to the bench, sometimes you don't go to a game, it weighs. So I think, as I said, I made the right decision."



Support Tribal Football with this great deal from our partners ExpressVPN. You get an extra three months free with the 12-month plan (a saving of 49%!). All plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee if you change your mind. Click here to try now, risk-free for 30 days - and support Tribal Football in the process.

Video of the day:

About the author

Paul Vegas

Have your say
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free