April 29, 2020 / 1:14 PM / 2 months ago

Arthur keen to stay at Barca despite Italy move rumours

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FC Barcelona's Arthur Melo Presentation - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - July 12, 2018 Barcelona sports director Eric Abidal during the presentation REUTERS/Albert Gea

(Reuters) - Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo insists he is keen to stay at the Catalan club despite being linked to a move to Juventus, the Brazil international said on Wednesday.

“The interest of great clubs is flattering, but I have only one thing in mind: playing here for many years,” was quoted as saying in statement by Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Spanish media reports had linked the Serie A champions with a transfer bid for the 23-year-old.

Arthur, who has 20 caps for Brazil, joined Barca in 2018 from Gremio and helped the Spanish side win their 26th league title.

Both La Liga and the Serie A have been suspended amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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