Gremio rule out Ronaldinho move

IANS| Updated: Dec 21, 2013, 12:39 PM IST

Rio de Janeiro: Gremio have denied plans to woo their former star Ronaldinho back to the football club next year.

Ronaldinho`s contract with Atletico Mineiro expires at the end of the month and the 33-year-old has been linked with a return to the Porto Alegre club where his career began, reported Xinhua.

But in an interview with media, Gremio president Fabio Koff ruled out interest in the two-time FIFA world player of the year.

"The possibility of signing Ronaldinho does not exist," Koff said.

"Gremio are in a different financial situation now, we have problems here and we are trying to cut expenses."

Ronaldinho scored with a free-kick in Atletico Mineiro`s 3-1 semi-final loss to Raja Casablanca in the FIFA Club World Cup Wednesday.