Adriano fires barb at Inter Milan coach Mancini

Adriano fired a barb at Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini at his signing ceremony with Sao Paulo yesterday.

The Brazil striker is joining Sao Paulo on-loan for the rest of the season and said: "I understood that I could be happy here and it is an honour for me to wear this historic shirt.

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"I came to Sao Paolo to score goals and help the team go all the way. Since I arrived, Coach Muricy Ramalho has treated me with affection and I doubt we'll have any problems.

"I am in good shape and hope to earn my place in the first team. I have so much motivation, I am not the kind to promise the earth, but I like working hard and want to be the Adriano of two years ago. The goal arrives when a player feels good with the team and himself."

Asked if he had words for Mancini, Adriano snapped: "I only want to thank President Massimo Moratti."

He added: "I went through a terrible period of depression. I lost my father and so many things happened after last year's World Cup. I have many regrets, but I have to look forward now."

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