Brazil’s Adriano released


Atletico Paranaense have released former Brazil striker Adriano after simply 4 video games, dealing a blow to the striker's bold hopes of returning to high type and enjoying in the World Cup this year.

Adriano Atletico Paranaense bench

GettyImagesAdriano has had a turbulent career.

The 32-year-outdated former Internazionale forward had returned from two years out of the game attributable to harm and off-discipline issues and signed a productivity contract with Atletico which allowed the club to launch him at any moment if he failed to meet his skilled duties.

Atletico Paranaense launched a press release on Friday saying Adriano was released after solely four matches ''in mutual agreement with the participant'' following a meeting in the southern city of Curitiba. It did not specify why the player was leaving, but native media said the departure was prompted by the striker's absence from two follow classes this week.

There have been additionally reviews that membership administrators have been upset after Adriano was videotaped at a popular concert in a nightclub the night time before he missed coaching.

Atletico said the meeting with Adriano had already been scheduled after the staff's elimination in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday, when the striker scored his solely aim for the club.

Adriano wrote on Twitter late on Friday that ''his purpose was achieved'' with Atletico Paranaense. He wished to return to football and that occurred, he said.

''My time with the club was very gratifying,'' he said. ''Now I can keep doing what I like doing essentially the most, which is to play football.''

Earlier than being released, Adriano had said he was nonetheless hopeful of taking part in for Brazil on this 12 months's World Cup. He was a starter for the five-time champions within the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Just two matches into his return, nevertheless, Adriano attracted headlines for the fallacious causes after showing his disappointment for being requested to enter a match with the group shedding 2-zero and only some minutes left.

He was launched by Corinthians in 2012 for allegedly not committing to a restoration program after Achilles tendon surgery. He signed for Flamengo later that 12 months, but left without enjoying a single match after repeated absences from coaching and workforce activities.

Adriano gained four Serie A titles with Inter Milan early in his career, and with Brazil he won the 2004 Copa America and the 2005 Confederations Cup. He missed out on the 2010 squad in South Africa regardless of leading Flamengo to the Brazilian title a yr earlier.

Atletico Paranaense in its assertion that it ''wished Adriano luck in his new initiatives.''

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Ter Stegen ‘moves closer to Barcelona switch’

By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

The chance of Borussia Moenchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen becoming a member of Barcelona increased after Belgian paper Het Nieuswblad reported that Thibaut Courtois wouldn’t be going there.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

GettyImagesTer Stegen could be heading for the Camp Nou.

Chelsea’s Courtois, on mortgage at Atletico Madrid, had been linked with a Camp Nou transfer, and Barca president Sandro Rosell had recommended it was a possibility – but his father Thierry instructed the paper that was “by no means an choice.”

He said: “Thibaut is under contract at Atletico till June 30. There are only two clubs that are necessary to him – Chelsea and Atletico.”

And he mentioned that cleared the way in which for ter Stegen, 21, to replace Victor Valdes when he leaves Barca on the finish of the season, claiming the Catalan membership had “opted for him.”

Germany beneath-21 worldwide ter Stegen had been linked with a transfer to Barcelona throughout 2013, and Spanish stories steered a deal might have already got been finished. The goalkeeper has but to reveal his future plans.

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