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Adriano announces indefinite break from Inter

BRAZIL and Inter Milan striker Adriano says he's taking an indefinite break from football while he reconsiders his future.

Adriano, who disappeared for three days following Brazil's World Cup qualifier against Peru last week, called a news conference at a Rio de Janeiro hotel to announce his intention not to return to Inter for now.

"I will stop playing for the moment," he said yesterday. "I don't know whether I will go one, two, three months without playing. I will take advantage of this time to think about my career, since I was not happy in Italy."

He said his agent, Gilmar Rinaldi, would be in contact with Inter next week, and suggested he was aware it could cost him financially. Adriano's contract with Inter runs through to June 2010.

He also denied media reports of possible illness or addiction problems, saying, "I am not sick, alcoholic or a drug user."

"Everything I did was well thought out. I talked to my family, my friends and my agent, and I am doing this with my happiness in mind," he said.

"I have nothing against Inter; I just did not like living in Italy, I felt pressured."

Asked whether he could appear with a Brazilian club, Adriano said the only possibility would be Flamengo: "Otherwise, my grandmother would kill me."


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