Botafogo youngster Bruno Mendes: No Juventus offer
Young striker Bruno Mendes has been the centre of attention in Brazil over the past few weeks and it was little surprise when it was reported on Italian website Tuttosport that a bid had arrived from Italian giants Juventus for his services.
Bruno Mendes, 18, moved to the Alvinegro from Série B side Guarani in September and has scored three times in his first three Série A appearances for Botafogo, including a wonderful brace in victory over local rivals Vasco.
Talk of interest from Juventus has been strong in the Italian media and, indeed, it was even reported with assurance that a bid had been received for the striker, a claim refuted by the player.
"I saw that, yes. But, I am not aware of anything - neither me or my agent," Bruno told Lancenet!. "I saw this news only from the websites, but nothing arrived for me. There was no proposal."
The starlet has quickly become a popular figure amongst the Rio de Janeiro club's fans and believes this status is purely a reflection of his hard-work:
He added: "[The support] is a reflection of the work I've put in. The fans have seen the dedication that I have shown on the pitch. I will continue working to show my best and I hope to stay as a regular."