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Sport Barcelona have not told me Arthur is leaving - Setien

19:41  26 june  2020
19:41  26 june  2020 Source:   goal.com

'Absolutely abnormal' - Barcelona manager Setien unhappy with Arthur situation

  'Absolutely abnormal' - Barcelona manager Setien unhappy with Arthur situation The midfielder has been ordered to stay focused for the rest of the season by his coach, who is still counting on him for the 2019-20 seasonArthur is reportedly set to join Serie A champions Juve for €80 million (£72m/$90m), with the more experienced Miralem Pjanic potentially heading in the opposite direction for €70m (£65m/$78m).

a football player on a field: Barcelona midfielder Arthur © Getty Images Barcelona midfielder Arthur

Quique Setien says he has not been told Arthur will be leaving Barcelona for Juventus, urging the Brazil international to stay focused for the rest of the season.

Arthur is reportedly set to join Serie A champions Juve for €80million, with the more experienced Miralem Pjanic potentially heading in the opposite direction for €70m.

Barca take on Celta Vigo at Balaidos on Saturday and Setien insisted the former Gremio midfielder remains available for selection and could feature.

"In principle I still have Arthur. He is important like the rest. He will train and in principle he will travel and has the possibility of playing," said the Barca boss.

Setien ready to call on Arthur despite Juve speculation

  Setien ready to call on Arthur despite Juve speculation Juventus might have already secured Arthur's services for next season by the time Barcelona host Atletico Madrid in LaLiga on Tuesday.Juve's Miralem Pjanic is set to move in the other direction, although both players will conclude the 2019-20 campaign at their current clubs.

"I hope all this noise does not affect him and that if he plays, he tries to give the best of himself.

"Any player who is in such a situation must make it clear the season is not over, win a title and leave a good impression until the last day he is here.

"I do not take it for granted that he is going to leave. The club has not informed me Arthur is leaving. He will be with us until the last game of the season.

"If it happens, I will try to convince him to leave a good impression. The most important thing is to be honest until the last day and I am convinced he is."

Setien was unwilling to comment on the possible signing of Pjanic and suggested Arthur has struggled to adapt to the style of football he wants Barca to play.

"Since he has been with me, he has put a lot of interest in doing what we asked him to do," Setien said.

"Maybe he lacked a little continuity. It is not easy to change things in a footballer that other coaches told him were very good. When they tell him it is very good to keep the ball and we come and we want to play two touches, it is difficult.

"Yes, it's possible he lacked some physicality, but he is on the right track."

'He will be happy!' - Sarri discusses Pjanic and Arthur transfers .
The Italian coach believes his player will be ecstatic to end his career at the Camp NouBarca confirmed on Monday that Arthur will join Juve in a deal potentially worth €72 million (£66m/$81m) at the end of the season, and Pjanic is expected to go the other way.

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