Brazilian pledges his future at Eastlands, well sort of.
Manchester City‘s Brazilian forward Robinho has told BBC Sport that he sees his long-term future at the club and denies that he is looking to move away.
The 25-year-old joined City from Real Madrid in August 2008 for a British record fee of £32.5m but has been linked with a move to Barcelona.
“I am very happy here. I think I [will] stay here five years or 10 years, I don’t know,” he told Football Focus.
“My family is very happy, the fans love me and I love the fans.”
Robinho has started only four league games this season, an ankle injury picked up while on international duty in September having sidelined him in recent weeks.
The link with Barcelona has intensified while he has been out of action and in October he was quoted as saying he was happy about the link to the Camp Nou, although he denied trying to engineer a move to Barca.
Despite his career at Eastlands not quite hitting the expected heights so far, Robinho has stressed that he is content with life in the Premier League.
“I am enjoying playing English football. It is very beautiful,” he added. “With every game I play, I feel more comfortable. I hope to continue playing football in England for a long time.” (BBC Sport)
Now what are the odds that Robinho now leaves in January? The Brazilian may well be pledging his future to the club but did the complete opposite a couple of months back when he essentially left the door open to a move to Barcelona but now that he appears to be happy with life at Eastlands he apparently doesn’t ever want to leave.
This must greatly confuse Mark Hughes who purchased far too many strikers in the summer as if preparing for the time when the former Real Madrid man decided to up sticks and leave. The 25 year old attacker is supremely talented and the kind of player that has you on the edge of your seat and is something of a cult hero but one does wonder what planet he lives on.
Put a fiver on him wearing a new club shirt come the end of January.