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Ronaldinho wants to play for Scolari at Chelsea

Big Phil will contact Brazilian playmaker Ronnie in the next few days to assess his hunger and desire.

Scolari is aware that signing Ronaldinho, 28, from Barcelona is a huge gamble - after he was plagued by injury and personal problems last season.

Ronaldinho's brother and agent, Roberto de Assis, told The Sun: "At the moment Ronaldinho is taking a complete break at home in Porte Alegre.

"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."

Assis has met with Chelsea in the past about a possible move for Ronaldinho - who is also a target for new Manchester City boss Mark Hughes.

But the chance to link up with the coach who brought the brilliant best out of him with Brazil will be very tempting.

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