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Last Updated: Monday, 10 December 2007, 10:38 GMT
Barca insist Ronaldinho will stay
Barcelona president Joan Laporta (left) and Ronaldinho
Laporta is firm in his belief Ronaldinho is staying
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has dismissed reports the Spanish club are to sell Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho.

The 27-year-old's form has been inconsistent and he had been linked with moves to Chelsea and Italian club AC Milan during January.

"We are not going to sell Ronaldinho," said Laporta. "We are not in contact with Chelsea, Milan or any other team."

Ronaldinho, whose deal at Barcelona runs until June 2010, started in a 2-1 win over Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday.

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He had been a substitute in the Catalan club's last two games and reports appeared that Chelsea were set to sign him in the January transfer window.

It added to the uncertainty surrounding Ronaldinho, whose lifestyle has been called into question in some quarters, but he marked his return to first-team action with a penalty in the win over Deportivo.

Laporta added: "We are counting on Ronaldinho and you could see (against Deportivo) that he fought like the rest of the players."



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