Posted on March 20, 2007
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.”