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Branca gives Adri update
Monday 10 December, 2007

Inter technical director Marco Branca has given the latest on Adriano and the Nerazzurri’s plans for the January transfer window.

Adriano is currently undergoing treatment for depression after the condition prevented him from regularly attending training and threatened to end his time at San Siro.

L’Imperatore is expected to remain in Brazil for at least another three weeks before returning to Milan.

“For two years now we have all been working together to try and solve the problem of Adriano,” Branca told Rai Radio Anch’io Sport.

“Today our doctor will meet with him, but the news has been good. We intend to leave him in peace until the end of the programme and then he will be treated like the other players. The first date we have for a return is at the start of the New Year.

“This lad has had really exceptional personal problems in the last few years – first there was the death of his father, then other family problems – and they have hit him hard and distracted him from his work.

“We have every faith that he will return to be the talent he was a season and a half ago.”

There has been speculation that the Beneamata may enter the winter transfer market to strengthen their squad due to recent injury problems.

“We have several absentees and yesterday Luis Jimenez went off injured, but it was nothing serious,” Branca explained.

“After the game on December 23, we will take stock and see how long players will be out for and who will be ready for January.

“We don’t want to return to the market, but if some recovery periods are longer than expected something could be done.

“Jeremy Menez and Ever Banega are two interesting youngsters, but we have lots of talented youngsters such as Francesco Bolzoni.

"We are looking to develop the homegrown talent as happened with Giusppe Bergomi here and Paolo Maldini at Milan.”

Finally, Branca insisted that Inter won’t be lured into a bidding war for Barcelona’s unsettled star Ronaldinho.

“We won’t enter an auction for Ronaldinho,” he stated simply.

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