Dunga: Ronaldinho will join AC Milan

July 6, 2008

Brazil boss Carlos Dunga believes Ronaldinho will play for AC Milan next season as that is the player's wish.

Milan have pursued Ronaldinho this summer after Barcelona announced they were open to offers for the Brazil playmaker, and Premier League side Manchester City are also keen.

The Italian side's interest in the 28-year-old seems to have cooled of late, as the club have turned their attention to Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor and claimed they were unable to pay Ronaldinho's wages.

However, Milan vice president Adriano Galliani today revealed the Barca forward had rejected an offer to join City, and now Dunga believes the Rossoneri are in pole position to land the player.

'Ronaldinho wants to go to Milan,' the Brazil coach told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.

'And it is the players who determine transfers. The Rossonero club has all the good cards in their hand.'

Questions have been raised of Ronaldinho's fitness after he appeared to have gained weight while recovering from a thigh injury in Brazil last month.

But Dunga believes reports of health problems are widely exaggerated, and that Ronaldinho will be fit in time for this summer's Olympics.

'The stories are exaggerated. Ronaldinho is only a few kilos overweight,' Dunga continued.

'He'll slim down quickly and he will be a star of the Olympics.'