Monday January 3 2011
Adriano to join Flamengo in June

Roma striker Adriano has revealed that he will return to play for Flamengo at the end of the season.

The 28-year-old Brazilian only left the Rio-based outfit six months ago after winning the League title.

He has grown disillusioned with a lack of first team opportunities at Roma, making just two starting appearances in Serie A.

Roma expressed concern at the weekend when it emerged Adriano hadn't turned up for training after the Christmas holidays.

Speaking from Brazil, Adriano said: "I will play with Flamengo in June. You can come and wait for me at the airport.

"It's very sad to have to leave all this and travel [back to Italy] again.

"I have already been there long enough. No one is made of steel. For this reason, I will be happy when I return to Brazil and play with Flamengo.

"I've had a grave family problem. My uncle had a heart attack and is recovering in hospital. I am tied to my father's family and this problem has left me shocked.

"I explained to Roma what happened. I don't believe there will be any problems. I would like to once again thank the Giallorossi. I will give my best in the next few months but in June I will leave."