Barca rule out Robinho swoop

Club president claims Brazilian no longer a target

Robinho: No Barca move in January

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Barcelona president Joan Laporta claims the club will not be signing Robinho in the January transfer window.

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The Manchester City attacker has been continually linked with a move to Camp Nou and has previously hinted at his desire to move to the Catalan club.

But the Eastlands outfit, now under manager Roberto Mancini following the departure of Mark Hughes on Saturday, turned down an opening bid, according to Laporta, and now the Spanish side are happy with their squad.

"We are very happy with the squad but if we have to make any improvements we will do," Laporta told radio station Rac1.

"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."

The Brazilian star, who moved to City for £32.5million from Real Madrid, has only made six appearances in the Premier League so far this season due to injury and has so far failed to find the back of the net.

Emotional

Meanwhile, Laporta also revealed his joy after Barca were crowned World Club Champions following their win over Estudiantes at the weekend.

The Argentinean side were beaten 2-1 in the final in Abu Dhabi, to record their sixth trophy success in 2009, which prompted tears from manager Pep Guardiola.

"We must enjoy the moment but also keep going," Laporta 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 Pep (Guardiola) crying.

"It's a huge boost to morale and confirmation that Barca are the best in the world."