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Jul, 21, 2010

Berlusconi determined to keep Brazilian pair

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi is adamant Ronaldinho will not be leaving the club this summer, as well as revealing he has rejected an offer from Real Madrid for fellow Brazilian Thiago Silva.

Ronaldinho has been linked with both LA Galaxy and Flamengo in recent weeks and has only one year left on his contract with the Rossoneri.

However, the forward, 30, enjoyed a productive campaign in Serie A last season when scoring 12 goals and claiming 14 assists, and Berlusconi is determined to keep Ronaldinho at San Siro.

"Ronaldinho? I have a pact with him," Berlusconi said. "While he continues to play professional football, he will remain with us. We will renew his contract.

"Considering his quality, I am certain he will continue to play for a few more years. I consider him (Ronaldinho) the strongest player of all time."

Thiago Silva, 25, also enjoyed an impressive season at Milan and has attracted interest from Real Madrid, but again Berlusconi is opposed to any sale of the Brazilian.

"We have rejected offers from Real Madrid for Thiago Silva," Berlusconi said. "He will remain with us."

Defender Massimo Oddo has also signed a new contract with the Rossoneri. A statement read: "AC Milan announces that Massimo Oddo has extended his contract until June 30, 2012."

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