Melo to stick with Juve

Brazilian midfielder has no plans to join Arsenal

Melo: Difficult season

Felipe Melo's agent has welcomed Arsenal's continued interest in his client but insists a deal is unlikely.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was keen on the Brazil international last summer, before being beaten to his signature by Juventus.

The Frenchman has, however, been keeping tabs on the midfielder's progress in Turin and admits he is still keen on the Samba star.

Melo has endured a difficult debut season at Juve, having struggled to produce his best form, and has been the subject of much transfer talk in Italy.

The player himself has sought to steer clear of the issue, though, and remains keen to prove his worth to a sceptical fan base.

Belief

That has led his representative, Umberto Fusco, to rule out the prospect of a switch to England any time soon.

"The words from Wenger are pleasing because they come from a coach of great prestige, but at the moment there is nothing more than mutual appreciation," Fusco told skysports.com.

"Arsenal have followed Felipe Melo ever since he was at Fiorentina, but I think it is unlikely that they will open negotiations with Juventus.

"It is true that Felipe Melo is not playing to his usual level this season but the problems are with the whole team, so the player has not been a failure.

"Juventus have shown great belief in him by making a big investment last summer and I don't think they are going to want to sell him."