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Hughes upbeat on Ronaldinho
03 Jul 2008 - 08:15:20
Manchester City manager Mark Hughes remains upbeat about the prospects of his club being able to sign Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho from Barcelona this summer.
The 28-year-old has been told that he can leave the Camp Nou this summer, with AC Milan and City reported to be leading the chase for Ronaldinho's signature.
Hughes, speaking after the Citizens sealed the club record capture of CSKA Moscow striker Jo, said: "It's a process that's ongoing.
"I don't think it's slowed or accelerated. We're still pursuing that possibility.
"He's a huge world star, so these things, if they are going to happen, will take time, but we're still interested.
"I think in the discussions that he's held with the club he's been very positive about coming here.
"He's an outstanding football player and obviously at the moment he's frustrated, but it is for everybody, because everyone wants to see him fulfil his potential.
"I'm sure that he would admit in the last 18 months he hasn't fulfilled his potential but, maybe the situation he finds himself in, we would allow him the opportunity to be the best he could be.
"We would provide the stimulation and enable him to reach the level he was at."