Barcelona sports chief Txiki Begiristain insists everyone at the club are standing by Ronaldinho.

Dismissing concerns over his life off the pitch, Begiristain said: "Ronaldinho is well and once he has fully recovered, without a doubt, he will again be the best one. The important thing is that we are all together and among us all we want the best for Barcelona."

Barca released an official statement yesterday insisting Ronaldinho was part of their long-term future and Begiristain added: "The official notice was necessary because there's been a lot of reports. He is injured, we want him to recover, to get back to full fitness and enjoy playing for the team again."