Melo insists he’s staying in Italy

Reported Arsenal target Felipe Melo has refuted suggestions that he is on the verge of joining Arsenal, by reasserting his allegiance to Italian side Fiorentina.

“I’ll come back to Italy when I end my holidays,” the 25-year-old defensive midfielder told lancenet.com.br.

“I have a contract with Fiorentina in which it was written that should I have a good first season, the club would have the possibility to extend my contract automatically from five to six years. They utilised this clause and I am really happy.

“I owe Fiorentina a lot. I arrived and I immediately became a regular. I have never been on the bench.”

Melo has been strongly linked with a move to the Gunners after playing a key role in Brazil’s Confederations Cup victory.

Reports over the weekend suggested that Arsenal could offer Emmanuel Eboue as makeweight in the deal, but Melo’s new one-year contract extension means Arsene Wenger must look elsewhere.

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