Felipe Melo: "I'm sure I'm going to play for two more years; if nobody calls me, I'll play with my children"

Felipe Melo talked about his future on ESPN after winning the CONMEBOL Libertadores Cup this Saturday with Palmeiras, who beat Flamengo 2-1 in the final at the Centenario Stadium in Montevideo. At the Brazilian wheel, whose link with the São Paulo cast ends in the coming weeks, he was asked if he would like to play in Argentina and assured that he will play at least two more seasons.

At 38 years old and with a contract until the end of this year, Melo was remarked that in Argentina they are constantly wondering if he will be able to sign in Boca or in some other team. The footballer replied: “They wonder but nobody has called me; I have a contract until December 31, to see if anyone calls me because if no one calls me and Palmeiras doesn’t either, I’m going to be left without a job at home ”.

And he added smiling: “I am going to play safe for two more years because I am very well physically, but if no one calls me, I will play with my children.”

The former Juventus, Inter and Galatasaray footballer, among other teams, highlighted about the title obtained this Saturday: “It means a lot, because getting to define this cup is very difficult, winning it is even more difficult, and winning two in a year is almost impossible. Almost because we did it, so it is possible, but it will surely be difficult for another team to do it ”.

On January 30, 2021, Palmeiras won the 2020 Libertadores, which had no activity between March and September of last year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, by beating Santos 1 to 0 in the final at the Maracana. This Saturday, the Palestra cast became two-time champion in the same calendar year, something unprecedented in the history of South American football.

“We have to thank God very much, and enjoy a lot because we deserve to enjoy this magical moment,” said the captain of Verdao.

Melo commented on the previous favoritism that Flamengo had and the criticisms of the Palmeiras game: “The fans are passionate, they do not think before saying things, they speak from the heart, but I have seen rival players who spoke and said they were going to win and all that, but games are not won before they are played on the court ”.

“I had said before the game that we had to respect Palmeiras because we were the current champions of America, and we continue to be so, now we are the two-time champions. The Palmeiras shirt is too big, you have to respect it, there is no other ”, remarked the experienced player.

This Saturday, Melo was a substitute and entered the 113th minute for the exhausted Joaquín Piquerez: “Before the game I had spoken with the coach Abel (Ferreira) because he had been suffering a knee pain for days, thank God I have no injury. This is so, when they needed me against Mineiro, I helped the team, and this Saturday I was able to help the team in the qualifying game and in the final ten minutes ”, he highlighted.