Besiktas want Ronaldinho, confirms Bilic

The Turkish side have long been linked with a move for the Atletico Mineiro star, and their coach thinks the former Barcelona talisman could take his side "to the next level"
Besiktas coach Slaven Bilic has admitted that the Istanbul giants are keen to lure Ronaldinho away from current club Atletico Mineiro.

The Turkish side have long been linked with a move for the Brazil international and their 44-year-old coach has now confirmed that they are eager to sign the 33-year-old in order to help the club to progress "to the next level."

"I would love to have Ronaldinho in my squad," the former Croatia boss told reporters.

"He might be a little older now, but I think that he still has at least two good years in him. Even at his age, he would contribute a lot to Besiktas and could help us to the next level.

"Let's not talk about it too much, though, at this stage."

Ronaldinho joined Mineiro from Flamengo in the summer of 2012 and guided them to Copa Libertadores glory in his first season at the club.

In an age of personal and collective success at Barcelona, he won two La Liga titles between 2004 and 2006 and the Champions League in the 2005/06 campaign, as well as collecting the prestigious Ballon d'Or award in 2005.