Barcelona target Cicinho keen on Brazil return

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AS Roma defender Cicinho insists that while he is flattered by Barcelona's reported interest, he would rather return to Brazil.

Cicinho is under contract at the Giallorossi until 2012 but speculation is rife that Barça are set to make a €10 million offer for the 29-year-old.

However, Cicinho insists he has no desire to stay in Europe and has been looking to move back to Brazil since joining Roma two years ago from Real Madrid.

"I came to know about Barcelona's interest through the press," the right-back told "No official offer has been made to me.

"It's normal that I'm happy that a great club like Barça is interested in me. But my own wish at the moment is to return to Brazil.

"I don't feel happy in Europe and I've been trying to do this for two years, I've also spoken several times to (São Paulo president) Juvenal Juvêncio, but Roma won't release me."

Despite his wish to return to his homeland, Cicinho has not ruled out a move to the treble-winning side.

He added: "As I said I have not been contacted at all by Barcelona and I am continuing working hard and dedicating myself to the maximum in Roma.

"I don't have an agent but a friend who looks after my business. I've not talked to him yet.

"It's obvious that if Barcelona's offer suits everyone it would make me happy also.

"At the moment I'm concentrating on rehabilitation and I'm trying not to listen to all the speculation about me."

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