Ronaldinho wants Atlético Mineiro renewal and unhappy with dismissal against Guangzhou Evergrande
Ronaldinho is hopeful an agreement can be secured for him to stay at Atlético Mineiro.
The 33 year-old’s current deal expires on 31 December. The lack of a fresh contract has led to strong links with Beşiktaş and Grêmio, the club he started his career with.
Ronaldinho insists, however, he is only focused on Atlético Mineiro and expects his brother and agent, Roberto Assis, to hold talks with Galo officials in the coming days.
“I’m not thinking about any club other than Atlético,” he told O Globo. “Now I want to take a break and forget about football. My brother will speak to Atlético’s directors to decide my future.”
Ronaldinho scored a free-kick, his second of the tournament, before being sent off, as Atlético beat Guangzhou Evergrande 3-2 in their FIFA Club World Cup third place match.
The forward had hoped for a more memorable end to the season, but insists his red card and Atlético’s shock loss to Raja Casablanca in the semi-finals will not tarnish an unforgettable year.
“I was sad because things didn’t go how I wanted them to,” he admitted. “This victory was important. The fact we didn’t make the final will not diminish the historic year this club has had.”