Arsenal target Felipe Melo has stated his desire to remain with Italian club Fiorentina.

The Brazilian has been linked with a move to Emirates Stadium for much of the off-season but he has cooled those talks by pledging his future to the Viola.

"I come back to Italy when I end my holidays," he 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."