Watch: Arthur deflects comparison to Barcelona legend Xavi

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Arthur has already drawn high praise in his brief time spent at Barcelona, but the Brazilian wants to pump the breaks on being compared to club legend Xavi.

The 22-year-old received the compliment from team-mate Lionel Messi, who compared him to Xavi – something that humbled Arthur.

“I am Arthur. And they (Xavi and Andres Iniesa) are them. Two world-class players that worked to deserve this. I still have a lot to do,” he said.

See what else Arthur had to say in the video below.

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Welcome to today’s Barcelona blog. David Cooper and the rest of the Sport360 team will be with you throughout the day with the latest news, rumours and insights from the Camp Nou.

Our daily blog will ensure you have all the latest updates throughout the week but we want you to get involved, too.

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