Former Barcelona forward Malcom believes fellow Brazilian Arthur Melo will soon become one of the best players in the world.
Malcom himself signed for Barcelona in 2018 with a view to cementing a place in the Blaugrana’s engine room.
The competition was ultimately too fierce though, and he moved to Zenit St Petersburg last summer, where he has won the Russian league and cup competitions this term.
Arthur has caused a stir at Barcelona for refusing to compete in the Champions League, but Malcom doesn’t doubt his former teammate’s commitment.
“He’s a good friend and someone I talk to a lot. Within a few years he’ll be one of the best players in the world,” he told Radio MARCA.
“He’s committed to Barcelona, and always works hard to maintain his level.”
Despite not succeeding at Barcelona, Malcom was proud of representing the club.
“It was always my dream to play for Barcelona,” he stated.
“And I did it, whilst also playing every day with the best players in the world.
“I’ll be able to tell my kids and grandkids that I played for that team.”
Another Brazilian at Barcelona who looks set to be offloaded is Philippe Coutinho.
“He’s one of the best players in the world,” Malcom said.
“He’s got so much quality and a wonderful long shot.
“Wherever he goes he’ll play, because he’s just a fantastic footballer.”
Malcom moved to deny rumours linking himself away from Zenit Saint Petersburg.
“I’m very happy at Zenit,” he declared.
“I’ve seen reports linking me with Sevilla, but that’s fake news.
“I’m staying here.”