Robinho hopes to stay at Santos

Brazil international Robinho has no desire to return to Manchester City and hopes he can remain in his homeland with Santos.

The former Real Madrid star joined Santos on loan in January after enduring a disappointing 18-month spell in the Premier League with City.

He has revived his career in Brazil and was named in Dunga's squad for the World Cup finals, prompting him to believe an extended spell with Santos would be for the best.

He said of the January move:"It was a great decision. What I wanted was to go to Brazil to prepare and be ready for the World Cup.

"I'm not sure what to expect of my future yet but I hope to stay with Santos.

"I didn't even play that badly (for Manchester City). I just didn't get the run (in the side) that I wanted. Football in England is about strength and it's difficult for a Brazilian player to adapt to that."

Robinho scored 16 times in 53 appearances for City following his British record transfer from Real Madrid in August 2008.

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