Chelsea's hopes of signing Ronaldinho have suffered a further blow after Barcelona president Joan Laporta reiterated his desire to keep the Brazilian at the Camp Nou.
Ronaldinho was linked with a £40million move to Stamford Bridge in the summer with Barcelona contemplating wholesale changes after relinquishing their Spanish league title to bitter rivals Real Madrid.
But the 27-year-old remained at the Catalan club and, despite a loss of form and a run of niggling injuries leading to fresh speculation about his future this season, Laporta is adamant Ronaldinho will remain at Barcelona.
"He's the world's number one, so he was always going to attract controversy," admitted the Barca supremo when discussing his recent below-par displays.
"He's had many knocks and he's now recovering from a blow to the ankle.
"One must appreciate that he's always done his best and handled the pressure very well.
"Besides from being a great player, he's also a wonderful person. We want him to stay with us, of that there is no doubt."