I’m sure tears will be shed all over Eastlands and the blue half of Manchester, not because they will lose Robinho, but because they wasted £32.5m on somebody so moody, petulant and lazy.
The Premier League’s most expensive mistake has been on loan since January in his native Brazil playing for Santos, who he has helped to win the Brazilian title and according to him he has now rediscovered his love of football.
Robinho said: “I have rediscovered my enjoyment of football with Santos and I am totally satisfied here. It’s been a wonderful experience in the last few months.
“My loan finishes on August 4 but I want to stay with Santos. I wasn’t happy at Manchester City and I would like a solution for myself.”
The Manchester City player is no stranger to controversy and it is not the first time he has fallen out with his fans and employers. He called his own press conference and was in tears as he tried to force a transfer from Real Madrid to Chelsea in 2008. A day before deadline day he said he was only thinking of the Blues and 24 hours later the newly cash-rich Manchester City signed him and the player was bizarrely confused about who he had signed for. “At the last minute, Chelsea made me a great offer and I ended up accepting it,” said Robinho at his first City press conference, only to be corrected by a journalist, asking: “don’t you mean Manchester City?” Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but it seems like it was always a recipe for disaster and as a Chelsea fan I think we dodged a bullet by missing out on this guy (especially after our experience with £30.4m flop Andriy Shevchenko).
The Brazilian was never really able to live up to his price tag and only had a handful of good performances for the Manchester club and seldom turned up when they were playing away from Eastlands. His poor displays led to him losing his place in the Sky Blues’ XI and he was shipped out on loan by Roberto Mancini in the winter.
Robinho claims that he was disillusioned with his football in Manchester and believes he is no longer part of the club’s plans as he has had no contact with Mancini in months.
Robinho whinged: “I was bored with my personal situation in England. But now I am excited again and my success with Santos is something on a long list of targets which is followed by the World Cup with Brazil this summer.”
He was bored? Diddums. How hard done by is Robinho? Poor him for being expected to play well and fight for the right to be in the team for a measly £160,000-a-week. The Eastlands faithful will be glad to see the back of this cry baby for good, but the fans, club and its owners are unlikely to recoup the amount of money they paid for him as his stock has fallen dramatically considering his recent history.
The Manchester City owners will have been burned by the experience of Robinho, but hopefully they will have learned from this and only want to bring committed professionals to the club.
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