One last chance at Eastlands for Robinho?

Robinho is still a Manchester City player. Not many would have expected that statement to have been true at this stage of the transfer window when Robinho made his loan move to Santos in January. The interest in the player has been surprisingly limited to Turkish outfits Fenerbahce and Besiktas. Considering that he is one of the most talented players on the planet, one could well have expected a clamour for his services amongst some of the top European sides. Yesterday it was revealed that Robinho had in fact rejected a move to Fenerbahce, he told globoesporte.com

“With all due respect to Turkish football, I’m not going to play there at the moment. The only thing I’ll say is that I’ll carry on in Europe, in Italy or Spain.”

This is all well and good if there are teams interested, but Robinho’s transfer will require a substantial fee and currently there do not appear to be any suitors that will meet Robinho’s wishes. With the end of the transfer deadline fast approaching, there may be a chance the Brazilian stays at Man City. Roberto Mancini has indicated Robinho could have a future at Eastlands, BBC Sport quotes him as saying,

“Robinho has two or three options. I have spoken with Robinho and he can stay if he works well and trains well. I have a good relationship with him but I think he wants to play in Italy or Spain.”

Robinho then, can still have a future at Manchester City and it is my view that this may not actually be a bad thing. Robinho is undoubtedly one of the most talented players in the world, and he proved that ability in the World Cup in South Africa with some superb displays. The problem during his time at Man City has been his attitude, the Brazilian often performs wonders at Eastlands, but in the away games he has often been anonymous. Robinho is a luxury player, and if he is not performing he will not add anything such as defensive work to the team. But when he is performing, he is a devastating weapon.

Manchester City’s 3-0 defeat of Liverpool on Monday was very impressive and it may have given Robinho some food for thought. Like every top player, Robinho wants to be playing Champions League football, and on the evidence of what we saw on Monday this has to be a possibility at City. This will encourage Robinho that maybe life at Manchester City is not so bad after all and if Mancini can get him training and playing hard, then he could be a big player for the club this season. The fact is that even though Robinho may want to move to Spain or Italy, like Cesc Fabregas it is by no means guaranteed to happen, and if he does stay there is not a chance that he will be missing out on the 25-man squad.

If Robinho does stay at Man City he will need to sort his attitude out, but the club appear to playing well at the start of the season and this well be of help. Manchester City already count Mario Balotelli, Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor amongst their forwards, add Robinho to this list and you have one of the most potent attacking forces anywhere in Europe. Robinho is capable of great football and linking up with these players he has the potential to be a Premier League star. Robinho will want to play, and if the club are looking like they will challenge at the top of the league it might just encourage him that City is the place to be.

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