Ron may reunite with Scolari

Forward's brother and agent will not rule out switch to Chelsea

Ronaldinho's brother and agent has hinted that the Barcelona forward could link up with Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chelsea.

On Wednesday, Chelsea announced that Scolari, currently in charge of Portugal, will succeed former boss Avram Grant at Stamford Bridge after Euro 2008 on 1st July.

Speculation has already snowballed over which players the former Brazil manager might sign in a bid to rectify the club's failure to land silverware last term.

And Ronaldinho has emerged as the latest name to be linked with a switch after his brother and agent, Roberto de Assis, failed to rule out a transfer.

The two-time Fifa World Player of the Year is expected to depart Camp Nou this summer, with Manchester City recently granted permission to open talks with the 28-year-old.

But a move to Chelsea could prove more desirable for Ronaldinho after he worked under Scolari during Brazil's route to 2002 World Cup glory.


"At the moment Ronaldinho is taking a complete break at home in Porte Alegre," De Assis told The Sun.

"There are options for next season and obviously he knows Scolari very well and they have enjoyed great success together.

"We'll see what happens but my brother will be ready for next season."

Meanwhile, Blues midfielder Michael Essien has voiced his firm support for the appointment of Scolari, expressing his belief that the club cannot fail in their bid to claim glory in the 2008/09 campaign.

"I can state straight away that we will contend for all titles next season," said the midfielder.

"The new manager will push us to compete for everything. I know we will come back for the new campaign refreshed with a hunger for revenge."

Goalkeeper Petr Cech added: "Scolari has great charisma, great experience and great results. I am looking forward to working with him."

Full-back Paulo Ferreira, currently playing under Scolari at Austria and Switzerland, was also full of support for the club's new head coach.

Very intelligent

The Portugal international said: "He is a good boss and he can do a job. It will be good for the club as a whole."

Brazilian right-back Juliano Belletti added: "He is very intelligent. He will know how to deal with everything.

"He was responsible for putting me in the national team in the 2002 World Cup. It will be great for Chelsea to have a Brazilian boss."