Ronaldinho hints at new Atletico Mineiro deal

IANS| Updated: Dec 22, 2013, 10:37 AM IST

Rio De Janeiro: Ronaldinho has expressed his desire to sign a new contract with Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro.

The 33-year-old`s current deal expires Dec 31 but the star`s brother and agent, Roberto Assis, is set to hold talks with Atletico officials in the coming days, Xinhua reported.

"I`m not thinking about any club other than Atletico," Ronaldinho was quoted telling Brazil`s O Globo after Atletico secured third place at the FIFA Club World Cup in Marrakech with a 3-2 victory over Guangzhou Evergrande.

"Now I want to take a break and forget about football. My brother will speak to Atletico`s directors to decide my future."

Ronaldinho, who scored his second goal of the tournament with a deftly placed free-kick, was sent off late in Saturday`s match after kicking out at a defender.

"I was sad because things didn`t go how I wanted them to," he said. "This victory was important. The fact we didn`t make the final will not diminish the historic year this club has had."

The two-time FIFA world player of the year has been linked with a move to Turkish side Besiktas and his former club Gremio.