Barcelona defender Adriano Correia is expected to sign a new contract extension at Camp Nou, according to the his agent.

Utility man Adriano has been an integral member of Barcelona’s squad since joining them from Sevilla for €9.5 million in 2010.

Mainly used as a full-back, though also as a wide midfielder, Adriano has been in rich form this season – scoring six goals in 26 games.

The Brazilian’s representative, Paulo Affonso, told radio show ‘Esports en Xarxa’ that both Barcelona and Adriano were keen to extend his current deal with the Spanish giants, which ends in June 2014.

"We are very near to reaching an agreement, but we do not have it yet," Affonso said. "Barcelona are making a very big effort. Barca want him to extend, and Adriano wants that too."

 And although there are a few minor issues to sort out, Affonso revealed, the general consensus is a positive one which is likely to be progressed further in the coming weeks.

 "Adriano likes it here and wants to stay," he said. "The renewal is on a good path, in April I will return to Barcelona and I am sure we will continue looking for an agreement as soon as possible.

"There are a few different points which we must keep discussing, but the tone is very good. The directors in the talks have received me very well."

 An invaluable squad player to the Catalans, Adriano came on as a substitute during Tuesday’s 4-0 Champions League win over AC Milan as the club look to retain both the Champions League and La Liga titles, both of which they missed out on last season.


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