Toni rubbishes Barca link

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Fiorentina striker Luca Toni has echoed his agent's remarks and stated he is not on the verge of joining Spanish giants Barcelona.

The player's agent, Tullio Tinto, has already rubbished the speculation and now Toni has made clear his views on the matter.

The 28-year-old has revealed his admiration for Barca star Ronaldinho, but stated he never commented on leaving Fiorentina.

"Me to Barcelona? This news has no substance, there has never been a request and I've not spoken with anyone," explained Toni.

"This news is based on statements I've not said. I just said, responding to a question, I consider Ronaldinho the world's best player. Nothing else."

Toni was one of the form players in 2005 after bringing his Palermo displays to Fiorentina and now the tall striker is aiming to go one step further.

"2005 has been fantastic, starting in Palermo and continuing in Florence, before going on to play for the Azzurri," he added.

"It has been the best year of my career, but now I must look forward to 2006."