Former FC Barcelona forward Malcom, who now plays for Zenit St Petersburg, has come out to defend Arthur Melo after the criticism he's received since going AWOL at Barça. The Brazilian midfielder refused to join up with his teammates ahead of the Champions League return.
Speaking to 'Radio Marca', Malcom said: "Arthur is my friend and is someone I talk to a lot. In a few years, he's going to be one of the best players in the world. He's committed to the club, a hard worker who always want to be at a high level."
When speaking about his own experience at Barcelona, the winger said: "Since I was a child I dreamt of playing for Barça. I played and enjoyed the day to day life alongside the best players in the world. I'll be able to tell my sons and grandchildren that I played for that team."
Malcom also spoke about another Brazilian, Coutinho, who is also set to move away from the Camp Nou this summer. "He's one of the best players around. I'm not talking as a friend but he's got so much quality and such a great shot on him. Wherever he goes, he'll play, because he's a different type of footballer."