18 May 2012

Adriano: “I'm at my best”

The Brazilian defender, who has featured in nine consecutive starting line-ups, hopes to be on form for the King's Cup Final.

On his future, Adriano said that he intends to stay at FC Barcelona. "I have two years left on my contract and I’m going through a good time in my personal career".

During today’s press conference, Adriano said that he’s going through his best spell of form since he arrived at FC Barcelona in the summer of 2010. Furthermore, the defender has been enjoying quite a bit of playing time due to the recent string of injuries to Barça’s back line. The Brazilian said that “I’m enjoying my best form since I arrived. I feel great and comfortable,” he also noted that his good form is due to the hard he’s put in with the first team. “I’ve always worked hard and I’ve always tried to improve. I’ll continue to take care of myself.”

The player is hoping to maintain his current from ahead of the King’s Cup Final against Athletic Club on May 25. “I’m happy, and I hope to be at this level in the last match of the season.” On the Cup Final, Adriano explained that winning the title has been the team’s goal since the beginning of the season and that the recent elimination from the Champions League and failed Liga title bid have no bearing on the importance placed on the Cup by the team. He also said that lifting the King’s Cup would be the perfect way to say goodbye to Guardiola. “We want to win this final for him.”

On his future, Adriano was clear that he has no intention of leaving Barça. “I haven’t listened to any offers. I’m very happy at Barça. I have two years left on my contract and I’m going through a good time in my personal career. I want to be here next season, I still have a lot of things to accomplish,” said the defender.

He also talked about Dani Alves, who broke his clavicle on Wednesday: "it’s a shame. He’s fundamental for us, even more so in a final.” However, Adriano said that he’s confident in players like Martín Montoya, who can fill the void left by Dani Alves. On the rumours about Dani Alves’ possible departure at the end of the season, Adriano said that “he’s the best right-wing defender that I’ve ever played with. He’s a footballer that’s very important within the group and if he stays he’ll maintain the level of play that he’s always had.” (via FCBarcelona.com)