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Conversation with Luis Enrique changed Adriano's mind, now set to sign extension

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Adriano Correia's departure was basically a foregone conclusion for Barcelona. Now, things may have changed.

According to reports from Spain, the Brazilian full-back, who has a €6 million offer and promises of a bigger role at Serie A contenders AS Roma, had a long conversation with coach Luis Enrique recently, and the manager reportedly assured Adriano that he's very important to him, including this powerful quote:

"To me, you're worth four players. When I look on the bench and I see you, I don't see one option, I see four options, and I know you can perform greatly in any of the four positions."

Source: MD

That specific quote is what allegedly has made Adriano change his mind. After battling injuries and getting less minutes on Enrique's first season, the 30-year-old is now more confident that if he can get healthy, and with the need for rotations even bigger until January, he will get a lot more chances to play this season, especially with three more trophies to compete in 2015.

For that reason, Adriano is set to sign a contract extension until 2018, with better wages and an improved buyout clause. There's a strong possibility that the new deal gets inked and announced before the European Super Cup.

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