Arsenal vice-captain Gilberto has revealed his admiration for Juventus, but admits any decision over his future will be entirely in the hands of his current club.
The Brazilian midfielder has been linked with a possible move to Turin as the fallen giants look to strengthen their squad if they secure promotion this season, following their demotion to Serie B as a result of their role in Italy’s match-fixing scandal.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger only recently denied speculation that Gilberto could be sold at the end of the season.
“Juventus are a great club that want to return to winning ways,” Gilberto told Corriere dello Sport.
“Furthermore, it is Emerson’s former club and there are many Brazilians starring in the Italian championship.
“I have a contract until 2009, and Arsenal will decide [what happens].”
Gilberto could choose to invoke a Fifa regulation that could see him leave for as little as £1.7million, but the player’s agent played down such talk.
“He likes it at Arsenal and there is a contract in place for another two years,” said Paulo Villana.
“This is the current situation, but as you know anything can change in life and football is part of life.”