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Mourinho and Ronaldo offer support for Adriano

Saturday, April 11, 2009

José Mourinho and Ronaldo offered support for embattled striker Adriano on Friday, a day after the Inter Milan striker said he was taking a break from football.

The 27-year-old has opted to stay in Brazil for a while to ponder whether or not to continue as a professional.

And Mourinho, currently in his first season in charge of Inter, responded positively to Adriano's decision, saying he wants the player to be "happy" again.

He told journalists: "I don't really want to talk about it too much, I only say that Inter have done everything they can to help him.

"They did it before I arrived and when I was here.

"I as coach and as a human being have always tried to help him, as has the club president (Massimo Moratti) and his team-mates.

"We will have to see what happens, but the important thing is that Adriano is happy like this.

"If we lose the player but gain the man then that is perfectly fine."

Meanwhile, Adriano's fellow Brazil striker, Ronaldo, said he sympathizes with L’Imperatore.

"It's a difficult time," Ronaldo said after practice with Corinthians. "Nobody really knows what is going on.

"I'm a good friend of Adriano and have been following everything that's happening. I will do what I can to help - but in private, him and me. I'm not going to be one more person judging him."

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