Barca won’t go back in for Robinho

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has claimed Manchester City

rejected the Spanish club’s initial offer for Robinho – and he will

not bid again.

The Brazil playmaker has previously indicated he would

welcome a move to the Nou Camp, prompting Barca to open

negotiations with City.

But the Eastlands club, now under new coach Roberto Mancini,

turned down Barca’s opening bid.

Laporta, speaking in an interview with Catalan radio station

Rac1, said: “We are very happy with the squad but if we have to

make any improvements we will do.

“The conditions we set out for Robinho were not acceptable to

City and since the squad are developing so well, unless there are

any unforeseen last-minute changes we will not be signing anyone in

January.”

Laporta was delighted with the club’s latest success as they

clinched the World Club Cup crown – beating Estudiantes 2-1 in

Saturday’s final in Abu Dhabi – to record their sixth trophy win of

an amazing 2009.

“We must enjoy the moment but also keep going,” he added.

“We have all lived through winning a very special title

especially when you bear in mind our predecessors could not manage

it.

“It was very emotional, seeing (coach) Pep (Guardiola)

crying.

“It’s a huge boost to morale and confirmation that Barca are

the best in the world.”

Laporta also suggested central defender Gerard Pique would be

offered a new contract before he stands down as president in the

summer.

“I hope to do so (renew Pique’s deal) before the end of my

mandate,” he said.

“He is one of the best central defenders in the world.”