Divorce talk hangs heavy over Nou Camp
25 September 2007 , BARCELONA - Talk of divorce hung heavy in the Spanish air on Tuesday with Ronaldinho's forecast split from Barcelona filling the back pages.
25 September 2007
BARCELONA - Talk of divorce hung heavy in the Spanish air on Tuesday with Ronaldinho's forecast split from Barcelona filling the back pages.
Fuelled by reports from London that Chelsea were preparing to table a 70-million-euro bid for the out-of-sorts Brazil striker, newspapers here predicted separation would come sooner rather than later.
Spanish media claim Barcelona are fed up with the 2005 Footballer of the Year's poor form while the player himself has grown tired of the repeated attacks on his private life.
He has kept a distinctly low profile since being accused of late night binges before games five days ago with the official line being that he's recovering from a muscle problem which kept him out of Barca's game against Sevilla last Saturday.
Absent from training on Monday he is certain to miss Barcelona's match against Real Zaragoza on Wednesday.
Barca president Joan Laporta declared on Monday that they needed "to help (Ronaldinho) to regain his best form so that he doesn't feel isolated".
Laporte insisted that he had not yet "received any firm offers" for the star forward, whether from AC Milan or Chelsea.
That conciliatory tone set by the Barca boss contrasted with the "ultimatum" reportedly issued to Ronaldinho by his Catalan employees.
According to sports daily Marca he was told: "If you don't change you'll find yourself on the street."
Marca on Tuesday declared "there was no doubt" that the club would sell one of the jewels in its crown at the end of the season or during the winter transfer window.
The 27-year-old forward's brother and agent, Roberto de Assis, commenting on the growing rift on Monday, told The Sun newspaper: "I'm sure that a campaign exists against Ronaldinho.
"He is doing everything he can in order to return to his very best and soon he will see the fruits of his hard work. He will be at a high level again soon."
(Copyright AFP with Expatica)
Subject: Spanish news