Felipe Melo: I’m Not A Mercenary

The Brazilian has tried to deflect any criticism, following his big money move from Fiorentina to Juventus...

After finally completing his move to Juventus this week, Felipe Melo has denied accusations that he made the move for financial reasons. Despite joining Fiorentina’s fiercest rivals Juve, the Brazilian declared the move was purely down to his buyout clause being met.

“The rivalry between Fiorentina and Juventus is extremely strong, however I am a professional,” Melo declared to globoesporte.

“There are many people labelling me a mercenary, but that simply isn’t the case. A clause was agreed with Fiorentina and Juventus came in and paid it. The offer was too good for Fiorentina to refuse given they only paid €8m for me.”

With many fans critical of the Brazilian’s decision to leave after just one season, Melo remained proud of what he managed to achieve in just one year with the Viola.

“Some fans can’t understand how I can leave after just a season to join such a big rival. However, I am sure the majority will appreciate what I contributed in pushing the club towards Champions League qualification for a second season.”

The Brazilian concluded with his thoughts on his eventual return to Florence in the hated black and white next season.

“Let’s wait and see what happens when I play in Florence. If I am to be whistled like Baggio and Chiellini were, I won’t do anything but concentrate on my game and give my contribution to Juventus," he concluded.

Stefano Federici, Goal.com