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Hunger is back at Barca

Barcelona
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By ESPN Staff

Mixed message from Barca over Ronaldo interest

Barcelona vice-president Ferran Soriano would like the club to sign Cristiano Ronaldo but has denied they are set to move for the Manchester United winger.

The Spanish giants have frequently been linked with the 22-year-old Portugal international in recent times, along with Primera Liga rivals Real Madrid.

For their part, United have insisted they would not be willing to do business over one of their most prized assets, despite rumours of the former Sporting Lisbon player's discontent at Old Trafford.

And Soriano has moved to appease the United hierarchy by claiming there is currently no place for Ronaldo at the Nou Camp.

Asked if the Catalans would be bidding for the winger, he told BBC Radio Five Live: 'Of course not. We are very happy with the players we have - there is plenty of speculation every year about players.

'This is a very good player but we are very happy with the players we have. We would like him, but I think I prefer the players we have.'

After a turbulent week for Barca, in which key players have been linked with moves away from the European Champions, Soriano was also keen to play down a spat between striker Samuel Eto'o and coach Frank Rijkaard, which has seen the Cameroon striker dropped for tonight's Champions League clash with Liverpool.

'It is a shared position between him and the coach,' Soriano said. 'He has been sick for five months and everybody wants him to be back when he is totally recovered.'

Soriano poured cold water on speculation Brazil superstar Ronaldinho could join AC Milan, after the Italians went public in their admiration for the two-time former world player of the year.

'It is like a joke. Every month, someone says something about Ronaldinho,' Soriano said.

'He is happy with us and we are happy with him and I am convinced he will finish his career here.'