The Brazilian superstar was linked with Chelsea and AC Milan over the summer, but Soriano insisted yesterday: "Let's get serious about this. He's the finest player we have had here at Barca for the past four years.

"And you look at his record, it is outstanding. His contract will be sorted out in the right time."

He added: "We will all enjoy Thierry Henry soon enough. He just lacks a little fitness, but once he hits form no-one will doubt the decision to bring him here."

On Barca's financial situation, Soriano concluded: "Our forecast for 2010 is for £250 million income. And also today, we have the best squad in Europe."