Thursday December 16 2010
Adriano: 'I'm staying at Roma'

Adriano appears to have put any speculation about his future beyond any doubt by insisting that he intends to stay at Roma this season.

The 28-year-old striker has rarely played since his arrival from Flamengo in the summer and seems frustrated with a lack of opportunities under Claudio Ranieri.

Corinthians have expressed a strong interest in signing Adriano in the January transfer window and even claimed to have a verbal agreement with the player.

Interviewed in Il Corriere dello Sport, Adriano said: "Everyone, including my agent, are saying that I'm leaving, right? Well, what counts is what I say. And I repeat for the nth time, Roma are and will be my team.

"I cannot hide the fact that since I arrived at Roma, I have been welcomed very well and just the thought of that is enough to make me emotional. I did hope to play more, but I also know that I had a couple of injuries, which put the brakes on my return.

"I have only been left disappointed and surprised not to be on the pitch once and that was obviously away to Cluj. For me, it was a moment in which I had to make a point out of the situation.

"Then something happened that took away any doubt in my mind: the comments made by Rosella Sensi who reiterated her faith in Adriano.

"I would like to thank Roma again on the pitch by doing what I have always done, scoring goals and giving the people joy," he concluded.

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