Milan dismiss Adriano talk

Sporting director not visiting Brazil on business

Adriano: Staying with Flamengo

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AC Milan sporting director Ariedo Braida has played down reports linking Adriano with a move to the club.

Speculation has suggested that Braida has been monitoring the progress of Adriano during his visit to Brazil.

Adriano's agent Gilmar Rinaldi stressed earlier this week that his client would be staying with Flamengo and Braida has now also dismissed the latest rumours.

"I am in Brazil but none of this information is true. I did not come to do any business," he told Lancenet.

"I always come to Brazil, two or three times a year. This is not a business trip.

"I am watching a few rounds of the championship with friends. I want to see some more before returning to Italy."

Adriano played for the Rossoneri's fierce rivals Inter Milan until earlier this year, when he sealed a return to Brazil after a turbulent few months.

The 27-year-old has rediscovered his form with Flamengo, scoring 15 times in 22 league appearances this season, and Inter president Massimo Moratti insists he would not be opposed to the player joining Milan.

"Milan has the freedom to acquire Adriano," said Moratti. "He is no longer our player."