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Saturday February 26 2011
Adriano 'doesn't want to leave Roma'

Adriano “will respect his contract, because he doesn't want to leave and Roma don't want to sell him, despite interest in Brazil,” said his agent.

The striker has barely featured this season due to a series of injuries, poor form and weight problems.

He repeatedly delayed his return from Brazil, where he had been for treatment on a dislocated shoulder, and the postponements even prompted Roma to issue him a warning.

L'Imperatore finally arrived in Italy on Thursday and agent Gilmar Rinaldi insisted he is there to stay.

“Adriano will respect his contract, because he doesn't want to leave and Roma don't want to sell him,” the representative told Calciomercato.it.

“Despite the fact there has been interest in Brazil and we have been contacted, he wants to continue with Roma.”

So far this term Adri has played a grand total of 241 minutes of football, failing to score.

“Corinthians made a concrete offer, but President Rosella Sensi said no,” continued Rinaldi.

“They are not the only Brazilian club who want Adriano. Would he accept a move if it was Flamengo? Absolutely not, Adriano only wants Roma. We have never even considered such a move or discussed it with the club.”

It's still anyone's guess when the former Inter striker will be able to play, as he returned from Brazil looking distinctly out of shape.

“It's only normal that he put on a bit of weight, seeing as the shoulder injury prevented him from training. I don't know when he'll be fully recovered; we need the Roma medical staff to tell us that.”

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