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Barcelona: Arthur's mother responds to Setién criticism

The Brazilian was a point of discussion in the LaLiga press conference ahead of Barça's trip to Celta Vigo, and the family weren't happy with the comments.

"He is not the first player to arrive at a club with great enthusiasm and it doesn’t bear fruit. It happens to many teams and players." That was part of the words spoken by Barcelona manager Quique Setién when asked about Arthur at the latest pre-match press conference. And it didn’t go down well with the Brazilian’s mother.

Mother of Arthur not pleased with Setién

Arthur is expected to make an imminent departure to Juventus as part of a swap deal with Pjanic but he has been included in the squad for the trip to play Celta Vigo.

The player's mother, Lucia, replied to a tweet, making her views known about what she thought of Setien's words to the media: “My God, now they are starting to point to the player's defects."

The Barça boss did say more about the midfielder, who many believe still has a lot to give. ”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,” the coach said.

The move to Serie A serial champions Juve is expected to be completed in the coming days.