The Brazilian, it would seem, is very close to moving to Juventus, but the Barcelona boss has a 23-year-old still in his plans.
Arthur Melo is still in Setien’s plans
On Saturday night, Barcelona faces Celta Vigo at Balaidos, but Quique Setien had to deal with a series of questions about Arthur Melo. The Brazilian, it would seem, is very close to moving to Juventus, but the Barcelona boss has a 23-year-old still in his plans. “In principle, I am counting on him,” Setien said of Arthur. “He will go to Vigo and has a chance to play tomorrow. It is important that this does not affect him and that if he plays, he is in better condition.” Despite the overwhelming reports of Arthur’s departure, the coach did not receive any news from those upstairs. “I do not take it for granted,” Setien said. “The club did not tell me that he was leaving. And even if this has already happened, he will stay with us until the final training.
Real Madrid are favorites of the Liga
“If that happens, I will try to convince him that he must leave a good memory. The most major thing is to be honest until the last day, and I am assured that he is.” Given how Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig firmly influenced the victory of Barcelona 1-0 against Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday, there are more and more calls from fans for the two La Masia products to play more. I do not pay much attention to everything that is being said and said because there are so many opinions and so diverse that few agree,” Setien said. “I usually listen, but there are other problems that affect me more when it comes to solving. These are objective questions about what I see and believe. Real Madrid are the favorites in the LaLiga race, as, despite the level of points with Barcelona, they have the H2H advantage.
“I still believe that it’s possible,” he added. “It’s tough for both of us to win everything. They are in a good place in many things, like us. I hope they make a fault, and we catch them.” On Saturday, the Blaugrana will play against Rafinha Alcantara, who, until the end of this season, is on loan at Celta, and Setien is a fan. “He plays very well, at an excellent level, like his team,” Setien said. “As soon as the team lifted its spirit, each player began to show what they are capable of. There are players at Celta who I like. When they communicate, it immediately affects the effectiveness of the team.”