Robinho has come in for a fair amount of criticism since his £32.5 million move from Real Madrid to Manchester City. The 24-year-old Brazilian’s behaviour has been described as disgraceful, while Pele has even gone as far as to suggest the boy needs counselling. However, the forward has responded with the following explanation today.
Sky Sports reports City’s big-money signing trying to justify his decision to leave the Spanish champions and the reasoning behind the move to City rather than Chelsea. As always, it’s difficult to know what goes on behind the scenes with players and club officials, although it appears that Peter Kenyon might have been a little hasty trying to make a quick buck!
“My first goal was to go to Chelsea as it was the only club to have made a formal offer,” said Robinho. “But Real did not like Chelsea shirts with my name on being sold before sorting out the negotiations.
“Also, they did not reach the value Real demanded so then Manchester City came in at the last minute to sign me.
“I accept Pele’s criticism as he is the king of football, but if he had been me, he would have done the same,” said Robinho.
“Real did not want to retain me. They even used me as a potential exchange to sign Cristiano Ronaldo. But as that negotiation fell through, they wanted to retain me then.
“If they didn’t want to count on me, I didn’t want to stay there either, so that is what I told the president.”
Has Robinho actually done anything out of order here? He’s not the only footballer to have demanded a move this summer, and perhaps Real would have been happy to keep him on the sidelines if they had signed Cristiano Ronaldo? Did the Chelsea shirts with the player’s name on the back really have anything to do with it?