Barça Set To Extend Ronaldinho Contract

FC Barcelona have stated that they are preparing to offer Ronaldinho a new long-term contract to ward off would-be suitors as speculation over the Brazilian’s future continues to mount.

With reports continuing to surface that AC Milan are preparing to make an offer, Blaugrana vice-president Ferrán Soriano has moved to nip the stories in the bud.

“We want to continue as we are with Ronaldinho until the end of the season,” he told COM Radio.

“Our intention is to hold a meeting to negotiate a new deal until 2014. I am optimistic and believe the player is happy at Barcelona, which has been an important question recently. There are no problems between us.”

Ronaldinho has often said that he is keen to remain at Camp Nou and will likely be a key figure in next year’s presidential elections at the Catalan club.

The Barça director also reflected on paper talk linking both Deco and Lionel Messi with a move during the summer and vehemently denied that the duo would be allowed to leave.

Deco is said to know how much Chelsea would be prepared to offer him and asked Barça to match it only for the club to refuse because they do not want to break their pay structure.

Messi has also been linked with a lucrative switch to Internazionale, but Soriano quoshed both stories.

“This is just not true,” he said. “We need these players for next season.”


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  • Spivey Point

    Though I don’t really care for Ronnie’s style of playing he’s better off staying at Barca as to go to Italy would be a big mistake he would turn into a lazy player in that low level league. Barca is not my favorite team but it’s a good fit for him there as he can do what he want’s which would not be the case if he went to Italy or England. As for Deco & Messi they are also better off staying at Barca. Barca has some problems at the moment but they have good players’. They need to get it back together & learn to play as a team once again so next year they won’t get bounced from Champions League play.

  • Anonymous

    what the heck are you talking about you dont like ronaldinho’s style?! if you dont like players who create, finish, and even defend greats plays then you might as well write off most of the world’s greatest. but i do agree that if he goes to milan, or any italian, team that he will get lazy because of the lack of skill. and ‘spivey point’, if you think barca is having problems. they are amazing in la liga and just were unlucky in champians, and if you want to go as far as saying they played poor against liverpool… they played poor compaired to barcelona standards, but any team would love to play that well. and liverpool was lucky that eto’o wasnt in top form or else barca would have crushed liverpool.

  • soccer dr nyc

    thak god somebody saw the same game both legs
    barce vs liverpool .
    liverpool was very very lucky both home and away in CL games.it is very much seen when
    teams what ever or who ever play barcelona
    we bring out the best inthem

  • Spivey Point

    Since you attacked me guess I’ll just have to level the playing field with you two with the facts. First of all I’m no Liverpool fan but for the record they did not get lucky just as Barca didn’t get unlucky. Liverpool did just enough to get through & Barca didn’t do enough to get through & those are the facts! As for Ronnie, he had one stinking shot on goal & that’s it! You two are Barca fans & that’s fine but your typical Americans’ which is to say your totally bias. You play the blame game! If Barca doesn’t win your limited reasoning is the other team cheated or got lucky. Your just upset because your team was bounced. You need to grow up & get over it.

  • Hugo

    So what if Spivey doesn’t like the way Ronnie play’s. A lot of people from Brazil are not that impressed with him. I should know. I was born & raised there so I know the pulse of the average soccer fan in Brazil. Spivey is right about you two. You are very bias & your not at all realistic. Barcelona played poor in Champions League play this year (Ronnie included) & that’s why they are out, it had nothing to do with luck. I’m no fan at all of the English game but I have to give credit to Liverpool as they in no way have the star power that Barca has but still out played them, both games & beat them with the rapid fire long ball so say what you want. Liverpool still stands & Barca is out. Go cry somewhere else.

  • James Eltaha

    Well put Spivey & Hugo! These two can’t answer you. That’s why they remain silent. The truth hurt’s sometimes. Your both correct. Barca simply didn’t play well enough to move on & Liverpool upset the pace of the game for Barca with the long ball tactics. It put Barca off their game & they couldn’t adjust & let’s not forget dispite whatever people think of Liverpool they did beat Barca on their own ground which is not an easy feat to pull off as Barca is no average team so well done to Liverpool! They deserve to be in the final eight!

  • john f.

    both barca and liverpool didnt play as great as they can. although i thought barca played better (and im not a barca fan or a liverpool fan) liverpool did get the away goals to move on, and that is all that counts. but the away goal rule is one of the worst ways to determine who moves to the next round.

  • Scotty

    John, Your comments make no sense at all. First of all if Barca played better it’s only natural they would have moved on & Liverpool would be out. If you think about it what I’m saying makes sense. Second Liverpool were able to throw Barca off their game with the faster paced long ball tatics that English clubs are known for. Ronnie, more than any other Barca player looked lost as he just couldn’t adapt. Barca is a pretty good team as they should be as they have so many good players’ but like any team in any sport your not always going to win all the time & this is not Barca’s year as far as Champions’ League is concerned. Barca is out & Liverpool moves on. Simple as that!

  • john f.

    thats what i said. barca played better in the second leg and liverpool in the first, hence the fact both teams won an away game.and each won by one goal, all im saying is away goals rule is stupid. and yea, liverpool made it through and thats all that matters.

  • Scotty

    You left out that in the game in Spain Liverpool put two goals in the back of the net while Barca was only able to put one in on the return leg. Barca just didn’t play well in either game they just didn’t seem to be able to control the pace against Liverpool & that was the deciding fctor. On paper if you loom at who’s who on both teams Barca has the better players but they didn’t show it. Same goes with Madrid when they played Bayern. Madrid won the first game very easy which left Bayern in a very deep hole to crawl out of but somehow Bayern were able to do it & it had nothing to do with luck. A club with a big name & big reputation like Barca & Madrid does not mean your always going to win.

  • Adam S

    Liverpool didn’t get lucky, it was Barcelona’s own fault that they got eliminated from the CL. They didn’t look hungry for it this year and they paid the price. Barcelona did pull one back at Anfield but still lost and(even though I’m not particularly fond of the away goal rule) Liverpool won, fair and square. I’m a Barcelona fan, but sometimes you just have to take off the rosy colored glasses and look at it realistically.

  • Scotty

    Adam, I’m neither a Barcelona or Liverpool fan but I really respect your post because your realistic & not at all bias & you call it like it really is. Most people here that post are bias & are uncomfortable with anything that has to do with the truth & when something does not go their way they look for an excuse & somebody, or something to blame. Of course Barcelona has a great team loaded with great players’ but at the moment they have lost their edge, drive, & desire for a number of reasons’. It happens to all clubs at one time or another & at this time it’s not the best of moments’ for Barcelona.

  • Hugo

    Adam your right on target with your comments. Barcelona just didn’t seem to have much desire in Champions’ League play this year. Liverpool has shown spirit & sometimes spirit & heart over comes a shoe in full of world class talent.

  • Spivey Point

    Liverpool put in more effort than Barca. Barca just couldn’t seem to counter the pace Liverpool played wth. Barca’s timing in everything was way off & Ronnie might as well have not been on the field as he did near to nothing.

  • john

    all you barcelona fans better hope that barca isn’t going down the same road as real madrid

  • Scotty

    They are on that same road it’s just Madrid are driving down that road with the pedal to the metal without any breaks!

  • soccer dr nyc

    what are you guys watching barcelona is the only club that plays total soccer . barce is the best around

  • soccer dr nyc

    what are you guys watching barcelona is the only club that plays total soccer . barce is the best around

  • soccer dr nyc

    what are you guys watching barcelona is the only club that plays total soccer . barce is the best around

  • Jenson

    Barcelona are a thing of the past. They failed in Champions League this year because they were simply not good enough. It was not a case of bad luck for Barca, or good luck for the teams that played them, or bad calls made against them. It was a case of lack of desire on Barca’s part, lack of focus, in fighting amoung the players’ & management. In other words …Simply not good enough & they are by far not the best team around. To think so is living in a dream world & not living in reality. They are just another faceless team in Europe this year. Barca? Barca who?

  • Team Mario

    What are you talking about dr? The last time Barcelona played total football was when Cryuff was running the show for them. Barcelona are on a major downslide. They were out played in Champions League & the only thing that could be worse for them now is if Madrid’s Capello was their manager. Barcelona are in no way the best team around.

  • Spivey Point

    I have to agree. All this talk about Barca being the best team is foolish. Maybe a year ago that claim was true but not now! Not by a long shot!

  • Reg Man!

    Barca like Madrid need to rebuild. They need to look within & bring up local players’ that are hungry. They also need to axe both managers’ (First who should go, the loser Capello) & bring in heavy hitters’ who will take control!

  • giova * * * *

    ur right reg….they should bring in a winner like Steve McLaren.

  • Spivey Point

    The only advantage Barcelona has over Real Madrid is that they don’t have Capello as a manager. That would be a slow death for them to have a feeble minded person like Capello running the show. You see! things could be far worse for Barca!