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Last Updated: Sunday, 1 April 2007, 11:34 GMT 12:34 UK
Ronaldinho wants to stay at Barca
Ronaldinho
Ronaldinho says he is keen to stay at the Nou Camp
Brazil playmaker Ronaldinho has insisted he wants to stay at Barcelona.

The 27-year-old told Spanish TV station TV3: "The rapport with the fans is perfect. I want to stay and they make me feel I should."

Ronaldinho's agent and brother Roberto de Assis met with Barcelona on Saturday in light of recent speculation linking the player with AC Milan.

And afterwards, Barcelona president Joan Laporta said: "He will be here for many years - as long as he likes."

Ronaldinho has a contract with Barcelona until 2010 and Laporta added: "We have him here for many years to come because it is what both parties want.

"He is a reference for the club. He has given us a great image around the world and on the sporting side coach Frank Rijkaard is delighted with him. "

He's the best player in the world and wants to stay

Barcelona sports director Aitor Begiristain

De Assis told the Spanish media: "In the meeting we started putting together the future. Everyone should relax because it is all going well."

On Saturday, Ronaldinho set up goals for Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto'o in a 2-1 victory over Deportivo Coruna, that took Barca three points clear at the top of the Primera Liga table.

And Ronaldinho told reporters after the match: "The best way of showing what I want is the game I have just played."

Barcelona sports director Aitor Begiristain and vice-president Ferran Soriano met with Assis on Saturday.

Begiristain told Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo: "Ronaldinho's smile and his soccer demonstrate that he is happy here and he is cared for like all our players.

"He's the best player in the world and wants to stay."

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