Brazilian club Flamengo have reiterated their desire to sign AC
Milan's injured striker Ronaldo, despite claims the player is negotiating a new
one-year deal to stay at the European champions while he recovers from knee
The 31-year-old ruptured tendons in his left knee against Livorno earlier this
month and, after undergoing surgery in Paris last week, admitted he was prepared
for the possibility that the injury may force him to prematurely retire.
Flamengo president Marcio Braga is seemingly undeterred by the Brazil
international's caution as he seeks to prise the player away from Milan, where
his current contract is set to expire in June.
He said: "We would welcome him with open arms. He knows that. We have already
offered that to him.
"It would be wonderful if we could count on him here, among us. That said,
Ronaldo is currently negotiating a one-year extension of his contract with Milan,
so he will have to choose."
One advantage of a return to his homeland would be the opportunity to receive
ongoing treatment from Jose Luiz Runco, who is the doctor of both Flamengo and
the Brazil national team.
And Braga added: "He knows that if he wants to come to Flamengo to get over the
injury, he can."