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July 16, 2008

Manchester City lost the bid for Ronaldinho, but that will not stop them

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Manchester City's manager Mark Hughes insisted on Wednesday that his club's failed attempt to sign Ronaldinho Gaucho won't stop him targeting the world's best players.

Indeed, City's ambitious bid to lure former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho to Eastlands ended in disappointment when AC Milan announced the Barcelona star will move to the San Siro.

But coach Hughes was encouraged by City's Thai owner Thaksin Shinawatra decision to sanction a massive financial package for Ronaldinho Gaucho, which would have paid the player 200,000 pounds (251,000 euros) a week.

"Indeed, we have presented our case as well as we possibly could and the fact that we are in there trying to get one of the top players in the world shows our ambition and where we want to go," Hughes admitted.

"And I just don't know the finer details of the negotiations, but the way the Ronaldinho deal was constructed was a little bit different by all accounts to an ordinary deal, so our budget would not have been affected as much as people think."

Accordign to him. Hughes is already turning his attention to other transfer options, with reports suggesting he will move for Blackburn duo, strikers Roque Santa Cruz and David Bentley, who were both signed by the Welshman during his time at Ewood Park.

"Obviously, I am being linked with players that I know and possibly have worked with before and then there are others that agents are trying to move on and place," he said.

"There is a lot of that going on at the moment. It is not my way to divulge who were are going after. I will keep them under wraps just in case someone jumps in at the last moment, but there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes" he concluded.

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