Tuesday January 3 2012
Felipe Melo closes Juve door

Felipe Melo has made it clear that he would like his loan move from Juventus to Galatasaray to become permanent.

The Brazilian joined the Turkish giants during the summer after a temporary agreement was reached with the Old Lady.

“It’s practically impossible to see me wear the Bianconeri shirt again,” the 28-year-old is quoted as saying. “I don’t want to go back.

“I always did my best for the team, but the Juve fans criticised me and that was a difficult period to live through.

“I absolutely want to stay at Galatasaray,” he continued. “I love this club, the fans appreciate me and I am finally happy.

“Istanbul is a modern city and a beautiful place.”

The midfielder joined Juventus in the summer of 2009 after the club agreed to pay Fiorentina €25m for his services.

He moved to Galatasaray in July in a €1.5m loan deal. The Turkish club could keep him by paying a further €13m at the end of the season.

Felipe Melo’s contract in Turin expires in June 2014.