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July 16, 2008

Carlo Ancelotti elated with Ronaldinho signing

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After the latest events in Ronaldinho's tranfers, AC Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti admitted he is delighted the Rossoneri have all but secured the services of Barcelona playmaker Ronaldinho.

The talented Brazilian arrived at Milan to pass a medical review.

And Ancelotti knows this will mean a big boost for his team, who are aiming to bounce back from a disappointing campaign which saw them finish fifth in the Serie A standings and fail to qualify for the Champions League.

"I know that in these days fans will talk a lot about the Milan of the future," Ancelotti expressed. "There are a lot more options at our disposal. I am aware that the club have made a great sacrifice. Important players have arrived, not only Ronaldinho Gaucho."

Indeed, Ancelotti reckons Ronaldinho and fellow close-season acquisitions can only help his team as they bid for success in Serie A and in Europe.

"It's a special summer. We are counting on being competitive on all the team lines. We have strengthened ourselves at the back with (Gianluca) Zambrotta, in midfield with (Mathieu) Flamini, up front with Ronaldinho and (Marco) Borriello. We just have so many options.

"As we know, Ronaldinho Gaucho is an important player that creates enthusiasm. In everyone, even in the players. It's about translating this enthusiasm into results and good play. The attack is an area of quality, a mix between youth and players with experience."

It's important to mention that Ronaldinho's last season at Barcelona saw him bear the brunt of criticism over the Catalan giants' disappointing campaign.

Indeed, the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year winner was a shadow of his former self, with his poor form not helped by a long-term muscle injury, while photographs of him looking overweight led to the nickname 'Gordinho' - a play on the Spanish word for fat.

But the Brazilian playmaker insists he is ready to give his all for Milan and Ancelotti believes the 2002 World Cup winner is back to his world-beating best.

"I'm expecting all the maximum he can give," he added. "We want to put him in the conditions that he can return to the best in the world at Milan. He will find the ideal environment to redeem himself. He is integral and we are counting on his will.

"I'm convinced that with Ronaldinho and Kaka, we have to find different solutions. For me he is an intriguing boost: he can create something different". Milan coach must feel really confident that they can make the difference in Europe this season.

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