Adriano Galliani, the vice president of Milan has admitted defeat in his bid to sign Samuel Eto’o from Barcellona.

“Eto’o is staying at Barcelona as well as Ronaldinho, neither is for sale,” Galliani said.

Eto’o previously has said he had been flattered by Milan’s interest but insisted he was happy to stay in Spain.

“I am proud that they consider me so highly, but I am happy to play for Barcelona,” The Cameroon international said.

“Milan is one of the world’s great clubs and they fully deserved to win the Champions League last season.

Barcelona’s chairman insisted earlier this week that “Eto’o is not for sale,” adding the forward was “a reference, not just for Barca but world football”.