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Flamengo director of football Zinho: I will not give up Adriano

Fabio Motta

Adriano's third spell at Flamengo finally came to an end yesterday with the player quitting the club without even playing a game for his boyhood side during this latest spell. Throughout the striker's troubled time at Flamengo, Zinho, the club's director of football, stuck by the player and it was up to the director to explain the players departure today.

Adriano, 30, has been trying to recover from an achilles tendon injury, suffered earlier this year, but, overweight and out of form, the player has not been taking his recovery seriously. Coupled with his fondness of the Rio nightlife and Flamengo had had enough. However, it was the player himself's decision to leave, one that Zinho believes is the best for everyone. 

He said: "He said it was his decision, that let him free himself, and I think it is really impossible to stay this year. It's good for him and Flamengo. Closes this period and Flamengo has a clear conscience that they did everything for Adriano."

When asked if he thought Adriano could one day return to Flamengo, Zinho said he couldn't see it happening but that he will continue to help the striker recover from his problem.

"I will not give up on Adriano, but to recover the human being is my mission. Without the spotlight, without this life he leads that is not consistent with that of a professional athlete, maybe I can succeed to help recover this human being. But professionally, I have arrived at the limit. Adriano does not really have my support as a professional. Humans have choices. He is choosing wrong."


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