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Adriano to return next week

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Troubled Inter Milan striker Adriano is set to come back to Italy next week, according to the player's agent Gilmar Rinaldi.

The Brazilian went AWOL for a few days after failing to return from international duty in Brazil and is currently with his family in Rio de Janeiro.

Adriano still has a "private matter" to attend to but Rinaldi has stressed that he will return after Easter.

"It is tough being Adriano and this has been a difficult time for him," Rinaldi told the Italian press.

"There are no family problems, but it is a private matter and I cannot say more. These things happen to everyone.

"Now we are set to come back to Milan to clear everything."

Meanwhile, Adriano's ex-girlfriend, Joana Machado, lifted some of the mystery surrounding the star in an interview with Tuesday's O Dia newspaper.

She said the player had spent the last few days with his childhood friends in the favela Vila Cruzeiro - one of the most violent districts in Rio, where he was born and grew up.

"He had everything to be happy – money, a wonderful family – but he only feels comfortable when he’s in the favelas," the 28-year-old told the paper.

"He likes to walk there barefoot and fly kites with the local kids. It’s where he is not L’Imperatore.

"I went there several times to look for him, as his mother was worried and asked me to help out. Adriano is not on drugs, his only drug is beer, but who doesn’t like to drink a beer?"

Machado added: "Adriano is totally lost, but I no longer have the strength to deal with him."

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