We reported yesterday that Real Madrid president Roman Calderon (a man clearly used to getting his own way) was not having any of it when the subject of Robinho moving to Chelsea cropped up. He claimed that the Spanish champions were super-keen to keep hold of their Brazilian forward, especially after the club failed to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to the Bernabeu. It looks like he’s going to get his way if this report is to be believed.
Sky Sports report that the Real president thinks the player has been badly advised over the whole affair, and that Chelsea are leaving it pretty late if they are to snare one of their top summer targets.
“I think it’s normal that a player says that he wants to leave and in the case of Robinho I accept that as being totally normal,” Calderon told Marca.
“It seems to me that it’s a mistake, but it’s his problem.
“I think that his representatives are advising him very badly and I have a lot of faith in the lad.
“I believe he has a lot of quality and could be successful here. But I say it again that I have to defend the interests of this club in the best manner possible.”
Meanwhile, Robinho trained with his Real team-mates on Friday ahead of their opening game of the new Primera Liga season against Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.
Like the mountie, can Peter Kenyon get his man over the weekend, or does Robinho training in Madrid signify that the deal is dead in the water? Did the Blues really need him anyway, especially when Drogba returns to full fitness?