Given wants Robinho back at City


Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given has urged manager Roberto Mancini to give Robinho a second chance at Eastlands next season.

The Brazil forward has taken the plaudits following an impressive World Cup campaign which was ended by a 2-1 defeat to Netherlands in Friday's quarter-final.

Robinho scored twice in South Africa and admitted during the tournament that he was open to the possibility of returning to the Premier League.

The 26-year-old was allowed to return to Brazil to join Santos on loan during the second half of last season after struggling to live up to the club record £32.5million transfer fee City paid Real Madrid to sign him back in August 2008.

Robinho was similarly impressive back in his homeland and keeper Given is hoping to see the South American back in the City squad next season.

"I don't know what his current situation is but there's no denying he's had a great World Cup," he said.

"The bottom line is he remains a Manchester City player no matter what's been written.

"I'd love to see him back at City, he's gone out and proved a lot of people wrong in South Africa.

"You forget that he missed a lot of last year through injury and he was coming off the bench. I don't think he had his match sharpness to be honest.

"But going back to Santos and regaining his fitness has really helped. He's shown us why he's rated as one of the best in the world this summer and he's still young."

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