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Melo considering Premier League move

13 June 2013 16:47

Felipe Melo is open to a move to the Premier League after confirming he wants to leave Serie A champions Juventus.

The Brazil international has just completed his second loan spell in as many years at reigning Super Lig champions Galatasaray and the midfielder is considering his options for next season.

Manchester City are reportedly interested in his services and Melo admitted that the Premier League is an option he is interested in pursuing, having told Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta that he did not want to return to Italy.

"I really like English football, it's fascinating," he said.

"All the games are packed, it combines with what I represent, what I do on the pitch, my fight, my will. English football is tough like that.

"I left Juventus and went to Galatasaray and won three titles in two years. As Juventus I stayed for two years won two titles, going back is not really an option right now.

"I talked to the coach and to Marotta and they were really open with me. They asked if I wanted to come back and since I am truthful I said that I didn't want to."

The 29-year-old is also pondering a move back to his native Brazil, with several clubs thought to be interested in his signature.

He also admitted that he nearly joined Sao Paulo before deciding on a move to Turkey, but revealed that he would never consider signing for Vasco da Gama.

"Before going to Galatarasay I almost signed with Sao Paulo. There are huge players there like Luis Fabiano and Lucio that I played with in the national team," he added.

"If they, who have a personality like mine, can play for Sao Paulo then why couldn't I? I think what I do on the pitch opens the doors for the me, and every club needs a guy in the middle who marks hard, has a lot of fight, and is a leader.

"Would I go to Cruzeiro? Of course I would. Flamengo, yes. I'd go to Corinthians of course. Sao Paulo, yes, but Vasco? No."

The former Mallorca player also revealed that could never sign for La Liga champions Barcelona due to an affinity for rivals Real Madrid.

"I think Barcelona are an incredible club," he said.

"But I wouldn't want to play there, let's just say I like Real Madrid. My style wouldn't fit in at Barcelona, and Madrid was my childhood dream, just like AC Milan, who I saw win the Champions League."

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Serie A table

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