Robinho wants to stay at Santos

Brazil international Robinho appears to have played his last match for Manchester City after admitting that he would prefer to make his loan switch to Santos permanent rather than return to Eastlands.

The 26-year-old was signed by City 18 months ago for a British record transfer fee of £32.5million, but sealed a temporary transfer to Brazil last month after struggling to adapt to life in England.

He started only 48 matches for City, finding the net just 16 times and was a particularly irregular starter this term.

He was quoted as saying:"Santos is my home, I feel great here. I love playing for Santos. I'm in my country and close to my family. I want to stay here for as long as I can.

"If it was up to me I'd stay here for the rest of my career but I have a contract with Manchester City and I shouldn't forget that the club have behaved really well towards me.

"City welcomed me and showed faith in me. It was very different to the last year I spent in Madrid. They wanted to buy another player, they wanted Cristiano Ronaldo. They treated me like I was a nobody. I was very hurt.

"Then the signing of Ronaldo didn't come off and they reconsidered the situation. But I didn't want to continue there. I wanted to leave Madrid but maybe, if I had gone to another club, it would have been better for me.

"I want to be the best player in the World Cup. I see myself lifting the World Cup."

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