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Adriano to snub Newcastle and Tottenham for Brazil

Brazilian striker Adriano has claimed his future is in Brazil despite being linked with a move to the Premier League.

The 29-year-old joined Roma in the summer but after just five appearances for the club, his three-year deal was terminated this week.

The former Inter Milan star has been linked with a move to Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur.

However, Adriano said in an interview to Rome sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport: "The choice to return to Brazil is the right one.

"I have two children, I am with the mother of my children and I miss them a lot.

"Each time I call them I feel like crying.

"I can no longer be far away from them and it's not easy to bring them here.

"I was unlucky at Roma but perhaps it was a sign from God to tell me that it would be better for me to return to Brazil."

Adriano has battled with personal problems in recent seasons and admitted injuries prevented him from playing to the best of his ability at Roma.

He said: "I hope the fans are not angry with me and I hope they understand who I am.

"I decided with the club that to end the contract was the best solution for everyone.

"I have not been able to succeed at Roma, mainly due to injuries. Never in my career had I suffered so many injuries.

"Each time I was finding my form I was forced to stop because of a physical problem.

"I lose so much money but I want to be happy with my family.

"Today I can leave with my head held high. I haven't treated anyone badly and I have always respected everyone.

"I leave Roma but I will not stop playing."