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Former Internazionale Milano star Adriano talks up Serie A return

Former Brazil international striker Adriano has revealed he would like to return to competitive football in the Italian Serie A.

Former Brazil international striker Adriano has revealed he would like to return to competitive football in the Italian Serie A.

Adriano, 32, has been out of football since leaving Brazilian giants Corinthians in 2012 but is ready to resume his career in Europe.

The infamously inconsistent centre-forward started his career at Flamengo before moving to Inter Milan in 2001 and returning to the San Siro in a deal worth €23.4 million in 2004.

“Coming back to Italy? I would like that,” Adriano told Sky Sport Italia.

“When I left I told myself that maybe it wouldn’t happen again.

“I’d like to play for a club that allows me to get my head together.

“It depends on the environment, the group. I hope to find a club.

“I will accept contracts based on appearances, to show that I have changed. I have really changed.

“I’ve been wrong a lot, but I can’t go back. I just have to make sure I don’t repeat the mistakes I’ve made.

“I have never hidden, I have always told the truth. I have to show people who I am and what I am.”

Between 2005 and 2009, Adriano won eight trophies at Inter Milan, including four straight Serie A titles.

Vela was unhappy at Arsenal

Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela has revealed he never enjoyed his seven-year stint at Arsenal amid reports linking the Mexican with a summer return to North London.

Vela, 25, joined Real Sociedad from Arsenal on a permanent deal in 2012 and has since established himself as one of Spain’s top young forwards.

According to reports, Arsenal can re-purchase the highly-rated 25-year-old for just  £3.3 million, per a clause in the player’s contract.

However, in an attempt to prevent the Gunners from triggering the aforementioned clause, Vela has admitted he never felt settled in London.

“The majority of Sociedad’s players are from the youth system and this has turned the dressing room into something more familiar,” Vela, who scored three goals in 29 English Premier League appearances for Arsenal, told beIN SPORTS.

“I never felt comfortable in London and I never enjoyed it, however, when I got to Sociedad, I found a place where I was very happy, where I’m enjoying myself every day.

“The English game is very straightforward. Here, the difference is that there are more touches of the ball and that benefits me.”

Vela will not represent Mexico at this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil after turning down an offer to be part of Miguel Herrera’s 23-man squad.

”In this process that has been developing for the next World Cup, I have not been 100 percent mentally ready to represent (Mexico) – or form part of the representation – and give it the maximum it deserves,” Vela said.

Sat 31 May, 2014
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