The future of City’s Brazilian star Robinho is still unclear as reports from various sources still can’t decide if he is staying or leaving.
City manager Roberto Mancini has confirmed he would like to see the Brazilian stay at the club and insists he still has a future at the blues, despite some lacklustre performance in City colours.
Robinho scored his first goal of the season in Sunday’s 4-2 FA Cup victory over Scunthorpe but all the pre game talk was over his alleged comments on Brazilian radio stating that he is returning to his former Club Santos.
The former Real Madrid star admitted that he had not played well for City but also complained that Mancini hadn’t played him regularly enough. “The coach was very sincere with me and said that I would play every other match,” he was reported to have said. “I told him that would not be interesting to me. It’s a World Cup year.
On returning to Brazil, Robinho stated it would be ‘exceptional’ to return to Santos but that the decision is up to the board.
The star joined City in a sensational £32.5m move on the last day of the transfer deadline in 2008 but, despite some good performances, has failed to live up to expectations and was rumoured to be a target for Barcelona during the January transfer window, but the European Champions have since cooled their interest.
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