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After his move to Fiorentina didn't materialise, Gremio midfielder Walace has stated that he'd still consider a move to Italy.

The Brazil Under-23 international responded positively to questions about further reports indicating that Juventus and are keeping an eye on his situation Arena do Gremio.

"Juventus scouts? I'm happy, but I don't want to create illusions for myself," Walace told Tuttosport. "My commitment on the pitch must always be equal, no matter who comes to the stadium.

"This is because, in the first place, I must respect a club that is an institution in Brazil. But obviously I'm happy that there are great clubs interested in me."

When asked about the move to La Viola that didn't happen, Walace remained diplomatic.

"Fiorentina? There wasn't an agreement between the parties. But I'm not worried because I'm managed by a club that takes very good care of my career," the 21-year-old said.

"Ready for Italian football? Yes, because today the Brazilian league is very competitive, with many quality players. Then I'm also playing in the Copa Libertadores, a competition that gives you enormous experience.

"Who would I prefer from Juve and Inter? For now… Gremio, because there's no reason to talk about something that isn't concrete yet.

"If an offer were to arrive, it would be evaluated by me and my staff and we would make the best choice together. Of course, it's clear that we're talking about two great clubs.

"Importance of being a first choice? I'm young and it's clear that I need to play to continue my development. But nobody can be obliged by a contract to put in a clause like this."