Adriano affirms Inter intent
By Tom Adams and Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Adriano insists he will remain with Inter next season despite interest from Chelsea.Internazionale striking sensation Adriano has refuted reports that he is set for a move to Chelsea when the transfer window opens.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho has made clear his intention to bring in attacking reinforcements over the summer, and reports in the English media had suggested that Chelsea were willing to smash the world transfer record in order to recruit the Brazilian star.
Spanish giants Real Madrid are also long term admirers of the former Parma man, although Adriano is insistent that he will remain with the Nerazzurri next season despite two of Europe's biggest sides contacting his agent Gilmar Rinaldi.
The 23-year-old banged in 26 goals for Internazionale over the course of the season and is happy to prolong his career at Giuseppe Meazza where he is treated as a hero.
"Real Madrid and Chelsea wanted to speak to me and find out if I was interested in joining them," Adriano told www.gazzetta.it.
"I said to my agent Gilmar, I do not want to speak to them and I don't want to break any contract.
"I never said if I don't win anything I will ask to leave the club.
"I want to stay at Inter for as long as I can, I'm happy in Milan, here there are so many people who care about me."
However, after the Nerazzurri failed to sustain a Serie A challenge and bowed out of the UEFA Champions League in unsavoury circumstances, Adriano warned that he may consider a departure if Roberto Mancini's side cannot pick up some silverware next term.
"I believe money is not everything in my life and to be honest I'm not interested in money," he continued.
"I believe a football player will not be satisfied until he wins some trophies.
"Certainly if next year we do not win anything Inter must understand my desire to look at somebody else."
Adriano's agent also confirmed that his client would be spending next season in Italy, although reacted to reports of a proposed é¼100 million plus bid from the London outfit by admitting that such an offer would have to be considered.
"Chelsea? If Abramovich offered 100 million we would have to listen to it," Rinaldi told Radio Radio.
"They have offered a lot of money and we have decided to stay.
"Our will for this year is not to move."
Chelsea and Internazionale appear to be making headway in another potential deal however, as Blues chief executive Peter Kenyon's trip to Milan bore fruit in discussions regarding Juan Sebastian Veron.
The midfield schemer spent the last nine months on loan with Mancini's side after failing in English football, and could be set to extend his stay after a productive time in Italy.
Nerazzurri chief Massimo Moratti indicated that the two camps had made headway in negotiations, as he stated: "We have spoken only about Veron, it has been a short meeting but I think it should be possible to do it."
Veron's agent Fernando Hidalgo also insisted that an agreement had been reached, although warned that the player would wait until the conclusion of domestic duties before deciding on his future.
"There is agreement between Inter and Chelsea but the player wants to wait until the Coppa Italia final before deciding," said Hidalgo.