Adriano: Why I stayed at Barca…

Adriano has revealed the circumstances around his collapsed move from Barcelona to Roma and confirmed he has signed a new contract at Camp Nou.

The former Brazil international had reportedly made up his mind to leave Catalonia for the Italian capital, only to stay and sign fresh terms, his deal renewed until 2017.

“The Coach, [sporting director] Robert Fernandez, [board member] Raul Sanllehi and even the President,” Adriano named in an interview with Mundo Deportivo when asked why he didn’t join Roma.

“On the way back from the [pre-season] tour we talked on the plane and they said they didn’t want me to leave.

“It wasn’t me who rejected the offer, it’s that the club didn’t want to sell. The proposal was very good, but talking to the Coach convinced me because he said he had confidence in me, and the President as well.

“Yes, I have renewed my contract. I am a Barca player until June 30, 2017. Whether or not there’s an escape clause is private.

“To this day I don’t think about leaving or not, only to be 100% and have the Coach’s confidence. Otherwise I don’t care, I don’t worry about my future.”

Adriano’s situation is one experienced by compatriot Dani Alves, who has gone close to running down his Barca contract.

“Dani told me what I always told him: ‘Do what’s best for yourself.’ If you’re not happy, you better leave,” Adriano remarked.

“But I’m very happy here, from day one, and I feel loved. We’re challenged in times when we’re not at the level we’ve always been, and I’m no different and I’m aware of that.”

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