Eastlands star holds out for Italian or Spain move.
Manchester City forward Robinho has rejected a transfer to Turkish club Fenerbahce and is holding out for a move to Italy or Spain.
The Brazilian wants to find a new club before Tuesday’s transfer deadline and City had given permission for talks.
However, the 26-year-old 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.”
Robinho has not featured for City in the early part of this season since returning from a six-month loan spell at his boyhood club Santos.
The British record £32.5m signing from Real Madrid in 2008 fell out of favour at City last season and was farmed out to the Brazilian team in January.
Having declined a request from Santos to extend his loan, City are now looking to recoup a proportion of his fee by selling him to a European club.
Robinho, who scored twice for Brazil at the World Cup in South Africa this summer, added: “Fenerbahce were the only team who sent an official [transfer] proposal but it’s already decided that I’m not going.
“I’ve got talks going on but I can’t reveal anything yet. A week is time to do a lot of things.”
City boss Roberto Mancini confirmed on Wednesday that Robinho has informed him of his wishes but revealed the player could still have a future at Eastlands.
“Robinho has two or three options,” said Mancini. “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.” (BBC Sport)
I am a little surprised that only Fenerbache were willing to take a punt on the 26 year old Brazilian, for all his reported foibles and apparent irritations, he is a quality player who has a lot to offer. Roberto Mancini is cutting the City striker some slack, and who knows, perhaps if he trains well and shows he wants to play for the club maybe he still has a future at Eastlands….probably not.
Robinho had a very good first season under Mark Hughes but he didn’t appear to have his head in the right place for his second term at the club and hasn’t had a look in since the Italian took charge.
Reports suggest that City are willing to take a fee well short of the £32.5m they paid, which makes the fact that hardly anyone expressed interest all the more worrying for the former Real Madrid man.