Ronaldinho slams door shut on Premier League move as he nears new deal at AC Milan

Ronaldinho is close to signing a new AC Milan contract that should close the door on his plans to one day play in the Barclays Premier League.

The Brazil star was mulling a summer move to England after being told a new San Siro deal would come with a 25 per cent pay cut on his £135,000-a-week wages.

But the 30-year-old is reported to have accepted the demands for a contract until 2014 - as long as Milan finish in the top three of Serie A.

AC Milan forward Ronaldinho

Samba magic: Ronaldinho (right) looks set to extend his stay at the San Siro

With five games to play, Milan are third and a comfortable 10 points clear of Palermo and Sampdoria in the chase for a place in next season's Champions League group stages.

Ronaldinho had been sounded out by Flamengo but indicated that it was not the right time to return to Brazil and that he would rather move to England if his time in Italy had reached an end.

However, loyalty to under-fire Milan boss Leonardo has swayed his decision. The right club may also have been difficult to find in England.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have previously been close to signing the two-time World Player of the Year, but all three are now looking more to the future with their transfer targets.


 

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