Robinho was reportedly offered to the English Premier League 2015/17 Champions Leicester City during the final days of the transfer window in January, but the football club was discouraged to employ the forward taking into consideration his high wage demand.
He ended up floating after his contract with Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrandecame to an end.
The former Brazil internationalwas said to be keen on a return to the Premier League where he left in 2010. The Daily Mail reported that both Swansea City and Leicester City were contacted as to if a deal could be sealed on the attacker.
Swansea City who was struggling not to be relegated last season was unlikely to significantly increase their wage bill in case they ended up in the Championship.
Leicester City riding high on the table with narrow winningswere not ready to tamper with their wage structure amid the possibility of getting the English Premier League which they eventually did.
Leicester City rather went for Daniel Amartey and Demarai Gray from FC Copenhagen and Birmingham respectively in a combined £8m outlay, with ZoumanaBakayogo, AlieSesay and Harry Panayiotou, NgoloKante, Andrej Kramaric and Tom Lawrence all offloaded to different teams. Read More
AS Roma are on the heels of new Brazilian football sensation Malcom, according to reports in Italy.
The Serie A side are set to announce the appointment of new sporting director Monchi who is widely expected to deliver Malcom.
The rising star who just reached two decades on planet earth has grown to become one of the most exiting talents in the French Ligue 1. The winger has been on a development path at Bordeaux and he seems ready to compete against the big boys in the biggest stage.
Menez has been impressive as he leads the French side to get a Europa League spot next term. The former AC Milan star has acted as an inspiration to young Malcom. Malcom has been naturally compared to former Milan and Brazilian star Robinho.
Malcom made just 12 appearances last term but he has featured in 32 matches this season, scoring six goals and getting three assists. He was in the youth side that placed second in the Under 20 World Cup and was in the Corinthians set-up that lifted the Brasileirao 2015 before he moved to France. Read More
Former Real Madrid forward Robinho has revealed that he had the chance to move to the Nou Camp but he rejected the move to play at the Santiago Bernebau.
The player claimed it was a tough decision for him to reject Barcelona then as he preferred Los Merengues
over Los Blancos
“It may seem like a difficult choice, but it wasn’t. Real Madrid was the team that showed more interest in me. Both of them are great clubs that have fans all around the word, but when Madrid came in for me, I saw they had a large Brazilian group in their squad and the coaching staff was also from Brazil. When you put all this together, why would I move to Barcelona,” Robinho said.
Robinho went on to be a remarkable force at the Spanish club though he never matched the levels of his compatriot Ronaldinho at Barcelona. Read More
Former Manchester City forward Robinho has revealed that he would joined Premier League giants Chelsea FC if not that the Blues were already selling shirts with his name before the deal with his then club Real Madrid was announced.
The Brazilian was set to move to Stamford Bridge before Man City, backed by Arab money, swooped in to sign the player for a record £32.5 million.
Then Chelsea manager Luis Felipe Scolari, also called Big Phil, was fuming at the actions of the Spanish side as they sold the player to the then new kids on the block.
“My goal was to move to Chelsea – Big Phil said I could make the difference for him as his squad, according to him, was not creative enough. But Real Madrid has fallen out with Chelsea – they didn’t like them selling shirts with my name on before the deal had been done.
“I’m pretty sure that this error was one of the main reasons why the transfer failed, as it was a matter of pride for Real Madrid,” Robinho revealed. Read More
Barcelona forward Neymar led a team tat defeated Robinho’s team in a Chapecoense charity match 13-9 on Thursday.
The Brazilian skipper was brilliant, netting four goals in the charity match.
AC Milan legend Kaka was present, including Manchester City latest addition Gabriel Jesus and Luan. Other top celebrities in Brazil, TV and Music, were present in the affair that sought to generate funds for the team that lost most of its crew and players through an ill-fated plan crash last month. Read More
Mirror Football pundit Robbie Savage has condemned Aston Villa legend Gabriel Agbonlahor for his poor fitness level as a professional football player.
The pundit also made comments at Saido Berahino’s fitness level. Savage, a former Birmingham City player, said that players in that professional level should be ashamed of themselves if they cannot maintain a level of fitness.
“If I was a manager who had to send one of his players to a fitness boot-camp in the middle of the season, I would find it very hard to accept,” the ex-footballer wrote. He challenged both stars to work on their fitness levels as he opines that professional footballers should always maintain high standards of fitness, as it was not an option. He equalled the high fitness levels to a bus driver having a driving license.
Savage likened the duo to careless players who “simply didn’t care enough about their physical condition.” He linked their fitness levels to their attitude.
West Brom FC had to ask Berahino to do a four-day crash fitness programme in France in a bid to boost his fitness level. The former English under-21 player posted a supposedly sarcastic picture of himself online. The talented player could have moved to Tottenham Hotspur for c. £25 million but West Brom did not allow the deal.
Villa legend Agbonlahor had to undergo a personal fitness regime mid-season, and Savage dismissed the player’s excuses saying they had access to facilities, advice, and all sorts. Savage said the players were well-paid to perform their jobs and fitness was a key requirement. Coach Steve Bruce admitted this recently when he said Agbonlahor is the best centre forward, despite his age, but only when 100 percent fit. He revealed that the player was making progress and he was willing to play him if he does what is required.