Adriano: Barça the best in the world
Newly recruited Barcelona utility player Adriano Correia said Monday he did not hesitate when the Spanish champions offered to sign him from La Liga rivals Sevilla.
"I was very excited. I didn't think twice about it and now I'm really pleased to have the chance to defend the Barça colours. This was something I couldn't let pass by," the 25-year-old Brazilian said during his official presentation. "I'm very happy. I have worked hard to achieve this."
Barcelona completed the signing of Adriano, who can play at full-back or as a wide midfielder, on a four-year deal on Saturday after the player passed his medical tests. The Catalan side will pay Sevilla €9.5 million for the player, plus another four million euros depending on results.
The champions also have an option to extend the deal by another year. "I'm comfortable playing in any of the four positions out wide. This is the best team in the world and I'm going to give everything for this club," said Adriano.
Adriano had been at Sevilla since 2004, twice tasting success in both the Copa del Rey (2007, 2010) and the UEFA Cup (2006, 2007). He is the first player to move to Barcelona since the arrival of new club president Sandro Rosell at the beginning of July.
Barça have already completed the signing of Spanish international striker David Villa, who arrived from Valencia for a fee close to €40 million.