" I have managed to achieve many things in my life but I'm sorry that things haven't worked out here."
Rio de Janeiro, Aug 8 - Former Manchester City midfielder Elano has admitted the assault of teammate Andre Santos by Flamengo fans contributed to his decision to leave the club.

The 33-year-old confirmed his departure Thursday with four months left on a loan deal from Brazilian rivals Gremio, reported Xinhua.

His announcement comes less than a month after Santos, who joined Flamengo from Arsenal last year, was kicked and punched by a group of fans after the team's 0-4 defeat to Internacional.

My family was the most important thing, Elano told a press conference in Rio. That episode with Andre Santos made a difference. But I can't judge millions of Flamengo fans on the basis of a few.

Elano capped 50 times for Brazil, struggled with injuries and played just four league matches after arriving at Flamengo in January.

I want to be useful and I wasn't, he admitted. If I am criticized while playing, that's one thing. But I was not even on the pitch.

I have managed to achieve many things in my life but I'm sorry that things haven't worked out here.

Flamengo are currently last in Brazil's Serie A standings with 10 points from 13 matches.


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