Monday July 16 2012
Coutinho impresses Inter teammates

Samir Handanovic and Diego Milito have hailed the ability of Inter teammate Philippe Coutinho.

The latter, a 20-year-old attacking midfielder, has returned to San Siro after a six-month loan spell at Espanyol.

The Brazilian has impressed in pre-season so far and scored a wonderful goal in Sunday’s 2-0 friendly win over Slovenian side Koper.

“It's better to have Coutinho on your team rather than face him as an opponent,” the goalkeeper noted to Inter Channel. ”He's very good.”

Milito added: “He’s a fantastic player, we knew he was a bit special. The time in Spain has done him good and he'll help us a lot this year. He’s different to other players.”

Coutinho himself is content with the way he has played so far under new Coach Andrea Stramaccioni.

“I'm happy, the team is doing well and we're improving every day,” he noted. “Hopefully we'll be in good shape come the start of the season.

“The Coach talks to all of us, I'm trying to help out more when we're not in possession and in attack. I feel good and I'm delighted.”

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