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Corrigan: Real romp without Ronaldo

La Liga
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By ESPN Staff

Barca boss Laporta gives backing to Rijkaard

Barcelona insist they are not looking to replace coach Frank Rijkaard with Jose Mourinho. Club president Joan Laporta has also warned any team looking to sign Barcelona playmaker Ronaldinho that the Brazilian ace will not be for sale in the summer. Rijkaard has led Barca to two league titles, the Champions League and two Spanish Supercups since taking over at the Nou Camp in 2003. But a barren campaign in 2006/07 and a stuttering season this time around has led to speculation about the Dutchman's long-term future at the Catalan giants. Although Mourinho is admired at Barcelona, Laporta is adamant the club are not looking to change anything, with Rijkaard under contract until 2009. 'We are very happy with Rijkaard and I don't plan to bring in another coach. We know that everybody wants to come to Barcelona, but also we know that we cannot have more than one coach or more than 23 players,' Laporta said on Spanish television. 'Mourinho is a great professional, a great coach, but I insist that we are very happy with Rijkaard.' Ronaldinho's future at Barca has also been the source of much debate, with the 27-year-old regularly being linked with moves to clubs such as AC Milan, Inter Milan and Chelsea. However, Laporta stressed the former FIFA World Player of the Year - who recently returned to action following a month on the sidelines through injury - is not on the market. 'As I have said many times, we don't want to sell Ronaldinho,' Laporta said. 'He has a contract, and he has said he is happy at this city and this club. 'Barcelona's obligation is to try to help him recover so that he returns to be how he was before. We are very grateful to him for what he has done for us.'