Thursday March 1 2012
Dedé 'proud' of Juve interest

Brazilian defender Dedé admits he is “certainly proud” that Juventus sent scouts to view him play for the Seleçao this week.

The 23-year-old centre-back is a star for Vasco da Gama and it was widely reported Juve directors were in the stands when Brazil faced Switzerland in a friendly this week.

“Yes, playing for Juve would be wonderful,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “I come from the same city as Felipe Melo and had the chance to talk about it with him. He described a very solid club and fans who follow them to every corner of Italy.

“I am happy at Vasco, but I am certainly proud to have attracted interest from Juventus.”

Dedé currently has a contract until 2014 and is valued at around €8m, but there are difficulties for his transfer to Italy.

The defender has a non-EU passport and the places for incoming players are limited.

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