Juventus signing Melo insists he's no mercenary

New Juventus signing Felipe Melo insists he's no mercenary after quitting Fiorentina last week.

New Juventus signing Felipe Melo insists he's no mercenary after quitting Fiorentina last week.

“I am not a mercenary, I am a professional,” insisted Melo. “Fiorentina put a buy-out clause in my contract and Juve paid it.

“The Viola did well out of it too, as they had only paid £6.5m for me a year ago. Juve is also without doubt a good opportunity for me.

“I am certain that the majority of fans will appreciate me for what I did last year.”

On facing the Viola next season, Melo added: “We’ll see what happens. If they jeer me the way they did Roberto Baggio and Giorgio Chiellini, then I will just focus on being even more concentrated.”

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