Chelsea captain Terry: It would be great if we could sign Ronaldinho

He said: “It would be a great acquisition to get a player of that ability. I’ve seen him, seen what he’s all about and he’s a very difficult player to mark.

“He’d give us a different option if he does come, and it would be great for the Premier League to get the likes of Ronaldinho.”

Terry added: “It is exciting. I’ve seen the coverage, but then going into training today no one mentioned it at all.

“He was close to joining Manchester United a few years ago.

“But if we could get him it would be great for me personally, Chelsea and everyone else around.

“I’d like to think he could fit into the team. We’ve got wide men going forward but they’ve got defensive responsibilities as well.

“We’ve seen at times that Jose Mourinho has taken Shaun Wright-Phillips or Joe Cole off because they’ve not been doing their defensive duties.

“It takes players a month or so to learn that and if you don’t then you’re off.

“Once you’ve realised that it’s about a team and defending as well, you can attack as well.

“He can give us something that not many in the world can give.

“I suppose if he’s doing it going forward then I’m sure the manager will let him off a little bit.”