Barcelona vice-president Ferran Soriano has dismissed claims that Ronaldinho will leave, suggesting instead that he will stay at the club for the rest of his career.
“It’s a very bold statement from our side – we don’t want to sell this player – and from his side – he doesn’t want to leave,” he told BBC Sport.
“I think that he’s going to stay at Barcelona until the end of his career.”
Ronaldinho has been repeatedly linked with a move to Chelsea or Milan after struggling to find form this season, but Soriano claims the Brazilian is staying and showing signs of returning to his best.
“Ronaldinho is getting better and better,” he said.
“He has come off the back of four years of very tough playing and was kind of exhausted this summer.
“He took some good vacation and now our coach, manager, and doctors say he’s getting back to his best.
“The fans expect a lot from Ronaldinho, Thierry, and all the big players. But they also respect them a lot.
“There’s a lot of media noise when one of these big players doesn’t perform as expected, but you cannot expect them to perform extraordinarily every week. And the fans understand that.”