There are some cracking Premier League matches in store this weekend but, for once, it appears that Liverpool v Man United is being somewhat overshadowed by a fixture taking place a few miles away on Saturday. The match at Eastlands is sure to be a spicy, especially considering the events of 1st September, where there was a last minute change-of-heart from a Real Madrid footballer about which Premier League club he wanted to join.
As we all know, Robinho upped sticks and left for the green grass of Manchester, rather than Chelsea, the club which had been chasing him for weeks. The Independent reports that a certain Blues midfielder is ever-so-slightly cynical about the reasoning behind this move, claiming that it was not a transfer borne of ambition, but more to do with the love of loot.
Robinho’s switch from the Spanish champions to a club who were playing second-tier football just six years ago surprised the football world and not least Deco. “To leave Madrid to go to Chelsea is OK, but I have my doubts with respect to City,” Deco said, undaunted by the fact Chelsea meet City in the league on Saturday.
“We will have to ask Robinho what happened. It’s not normal either to change Real for City only for the money. Robinho has the standing to play in a team which aspire to titles.”
Is it pot calling kettle black to suggest that Robinho went to Eastlands for the money, when Chelsea’s squad has been constructed off the back of Abramovich’s millions? While Deco might have joined a club that have won titles in recent seasons, this was through an ability to attract some big names to Stamford Bridge, just as City are trying to do right now.