Gilardino denies Melo exit talk

Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino has denied saying his team-mate and reported Arsenal target Felipe Melo will be 'sold' this summer. Gilardino insisted that comments emanating from Italian publication Il Corriere dello Sport were completely fabricated.

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The newspaper claimed that the Italian striker said: “I have not spoken with Melo directly. He played well against Italy and he is an excellent player, but I have the feeling he will be sold.”

However, Gilardino was quick to deny that he had made any comments regarding the future of the in-demand Brazilian midfielder, retorting:

“I didn’t issue any statement about Felipe [Melo]. From my part, this is totally wrong.”

Regardless of Gilardino's view, Melo's future remains unclear after an impressive Confederation's Cup campaign. 

With Arsenal, Real Madrid and AC Milan interested it remains to be seen where he will start next season.

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