Felipe Melo: I want to end my career at Palmeiras

2021-04-04 03:35:31 GMT2021-04-04 11:35:31(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

SAO PAULO, April 3 (Xinhua) -- Former Juventus, Fiorentina, and Inter Milan midfielder Felipe Melo has played down speculation linking him with a move to Boca Juniors, saying he hopes to finish his career at Palmeiras.

The 37-year-old's contract with Palmeiras is due to expire in December but he hopes to continue playing for at least another two years.

"Let's see what happens. Hopefully, my contract will be renewed and I'll end my career at the club I love," Melo told Brazil's Bola da Vez television program on Saturday.

"My focus is to play two or three more years and then try to stay involved in football in another capacity. The years go by and we get a little tired. I really like the idea of being able to be with my kids and my wife, to be able to travel. I'm a hyperactive guy. I won't be able to stay still."

Melo did not rule out the prospect of joining another club, should Palmeiras decide not to extend his contract.

Among possible suitors are Boca Juniors, whose football director, Juan Roman Riquelme, is a long-time admirer of the Brazilian.

However, he denied reports that his representatives have already held talks with the Argentine club.

"There will always be speculation. That's happened throughout my entire career," said Melo, who has been capped 22 times for Brazil's national team.

"I have never negotiated with other clubs and I am not talking to anyone. I am focused on Palmeiras. We have two finals ahead: the Brazilian Super Cup and the South American Super Cup. I don't have time to think about it. There are other people who are taking care of these matters, as they have done throughout my career." Enditem