Crespo ponders Real switch

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Internazionale's veteran Argentinian striker Hernan Crespo is a reported transfer target for Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Real are desperate to bring in a new frontman after losing Ruud van Nistelrooy for the rest of the season due to a knee injury, with Crespo currently out of favour at the San Siro.



However, the former Chelsea, Lazio and Parma star has mixed feelings about heading to the Bernabeu.



He told AS: "I could go to another team, but I would rather play less but win more. I would rather stay on and help the team win titles, even if I play less football.



"Sometimes it happens where you will play less, but that's how it goes when you are at a big club."



He had stated earlier: "I have always been excited about European and Spanish football. When you speak about Real Madrid, you associate them with the history of the game."



Meanwhile, AS Roma have dismissed reports suggesting they could lose both Mirko Vucinic and Alberto Aquilani during the January transfer window.



Montenegro international striker Vucinic has been linked with a £10million move to Real Madrid, while Italy midfielder Aquilani is reported to be a transfer target of Juventus.



However, the Rome club's general director, Daniele Prade, is adamant that both players will remain at the Stadio Olimpico.



"First of all, Roma will not sell Vucinic and second Real Madrid have never asked for him," he claimed. "I have also spoken to (Madrid sporting director) Pedrag Mijatovic and nothing is true. Vucinic is a Roma player and he will remain so.



"Aquilani? We are talking with him regarding a new deal. His current contract expires in 2010.



"I have spoken to the player and his agent and we are satisfied with the situation so far. We are convinced we will find the right solution."



Unsettled Internazionale striker Adriano will not be joining Fluminense in January, according to his agent.



The Brazil international remains out-of-favour at the San Siro following reports of a fall-out with coach Jose Mourinho.



However, agent Gilmar Rinaldi claims stories in the Brazilian media which suggested Adriano was set to return to Fluminese on loan in January are wide of the mark.



"It's ridiculous," he said. "There has been no meeting with them. There's no chance he will return to Brazil."



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