Inter calms Adriano fears
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Inter supremo Massimo Moratti has played down reports that Adriano is to leave.
Internazionale supremo Massimo Moratti has played down reports claiming that Adriano is set to leave the club, despite the player himself admitting that he was unhappy in Italy.
Currently training with Brazil ahead of the World Cup, Adriano confirmed that a difficult season had taken its toll on his state of mind.
"Here with Brazil there is really fantastic environment and I feel really good, but unfortunately at my club things don't go this way," he sighed.
"At the moment I am thinking only about the World Cup but after that I must reflect and decide what is best for my career."
Adriano also spoke of the way his Brazil team-mates supported him more than his Inter colleagues and, as if to prove his point, Juan Sebastian Veron launched a stinging attack on his supposed world class abilities.
"If he played the way he talks, then Inter would already have won the Scudetto," slammed the Argentine.
"Adriano feels himself on a pedestal that does not belong to him, seeing as he's neither Ronaldo nor Ronaldinho.
"I really hope he gets to play against Argentina in the World Cup."
Moratti insisted that it was inevitable Adriano's confidence had taken a battering, but stressed that the 24-year-old still had a real connection with Inter.
"Adriano had a difficult year for several reasons, not only football, but also personally," he explained.
"He found himself in situations more difficult than a guy his age should have to face, and that made people come to the conclusion that he was not happy.
"But Adriano has a big affection towards the club and there a reciprocal feeling for him.
"Adriano is ours. He will stay here and do good things. He is strong, don't worry."