Melo: ‘I headbutted Chiellini’

by | May 13, 2020 18:36

Felipe Melo has again hit out at Giorgio Chiellini after the autobiography controversy. ‘He just has a problem with me because I headbutted him.’

Chiellini apologised to Mario Balotelli for the criticism in his book, but the row with ex-Juventus and Inter midfielder Melo rages on.

Felipe Melo has again hit out at Giorgio Chiellini after the autobiography controversy. ‘He just has a problem with me because I headbutted him.’

Chiellini apologised to Mario Balotelli for the criticism in his book, but the row with ex-Juventus and Inter midfielder Melo rages on.

“He just has a problem with me because I headbutted him when we were playing against Siena,” Melo told Sebastien Frey in an Instagram Live chat.

“I haven’t spoken to him since and he wrote this book. I said what I needed to say. A thousand things happened at Juve and I could write a thousand books about it, far more important stuff than this.

“Chiellini never apologised to me, but that’s fine, as long as he takes responsibility for what he said. He just stirred up this controversy to sell his book.

“He should’ve followed the example set by the great Javier Zanetti, vice-president of Inter, who never even spoke about Juve in his book. Besides which, this is really not the time to be publishing a book, when people are dying.”

The proceeds from Chiellini’s autobiography are going to charity during the coronavirus pandemic.

Felipe Melo also discussed his move to Inter from Galatasaray in 2015, where he remained until January 2017.

“Inter had been my dream since childhood. I made history at Galatasaray and it was really too comfortable for me to remain there, because I was an idol for those fans. I’d just signed a new three-year contract, but went to Inter and took a 50 per cent pay cut, a decision made with the heart.

“Jose Mourinho and others had already tried to get me to Inter when I was at Fiorentina, but unfortunately I went to Juve. I never spoke badly about Juve, but walking out at San Siro in the Milan derby wearing the Inter jersey was the ultimate thrill for me. We won 1-0.”

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