The defending English Premier League Champions, Leicester City were reportedly offered the chance to sign Robinho in the final days of the transfer window in January, but the team rejected the needs due to his high wage demand.
The 32-year old became a free agent after having his contract with Chinese champions, Guangzhou Evergrande ended. The former Manchester City striker is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League that he left in 2010. The Daily Mail claimed both the Swansea City and Leicester City were contacted over a possible move. Read More
Robinho is currently performing with his childhood club Santos on a loan deal which expires at the end of the season but the Brazilian forward has never really managed to make an impact with his parent club Ac.Milan.
Ac.Milan signed Robinho on August of 2010 with a price tag of €18 million as he made his move from Manchester City to Ac.Milan but Robinho could never adapt to life in Italy and now he is being linked with a permanent move to Robinho and this would benefit everyone involved in this deal.
If a deal does happen and Santos is indeed interested in keeping Robinho on a permanent then the cash injection will help Ac.Milan on strengthening other areas of the team that have displayed vulnerabilities while also the Italian club is going to be releasing a player that seems to be consistently struggling to live up to the expectations that were raised when he entered San Siro a few years ago.
Robinho is a fan favorite at Santos and this will also help the Brazilian player on finishing his career with the club where he started his professional career and his chances on appearing in the first team of Santos is higher in comparison than with Ac.Milan.
The president of Santos Odilio Rodrigues confirmed that the club is interested in keeping Robinho on a long term deal as he told the media: “We have reached an agreement with Robinho: he wants to stay here and we want the same thing. He has a great relationship with the fans and we are ready to discuss his contract with Milan’’
Filippo Inzaghi has at his disposal a number of offensive players which includes: Stephan El Shaarawy, Giampolo Pazzini, Keisuke Honda, M’Baye Niang and Jeremy Menez. When Robinho makes his return to Ac.Milan, he would have to compete against these players in order to get a chance in snatching a spot in the starting lineup of XI. Instead of having to compete against these players, it would be much easier for him to secure a starting role in Santos.
Robinho was once regarded as the next superstar for the Brazilian national team. Almost a decade later, the former AC Milan player is now on the wane but he is still involved with the national team after the reappointment of Dunga. The latest sensation for the South American team is Neymar. The Barcelona forward has shown that he can be much better, and probably exceed expectations, than many of the names before him. It is looking highly unlikely that Robinho will be involved with the national team at the next World Cup in Russia.
At 30 years of age, the former football architect of Real Madrid and Manchester City is likely to hang on only for a couple of years before retiring. He recently returned back to Brazil and this is widely seen an indication that his playing days have entered into the twilight. Robinho says that he is very much happy that the future of the Brazilian national team is in the hands of Neymar. He says that he is awe struck by the talent at the disposal of the 22-year-old, who has an astonishing 40 goals from just 58 international caps. Even at this tender age, he has been able to get more than 50 caps and many expect him to cross 150.
“Neymar is just a spectacular player. I knew he was going to be hungry for goals today. I told him he was going to score three goals, but he scored four! And he even missed a couple of chances that he would not normally, so it could even have been more. He decided the game for us. It was a difficult game, people find that Japan are weak but they are not. They are a strong team. They run very hard and attack,” said Robinho after Brazil’s recent friendly against Japan in which Neymar scored four goals.
Sachin Tendulkar reckons that the young Indian ODI team is very capable even in overseas conditions and there is no reason why they cannot defend their crown in the next year’s World Cup in OZ.
According to Sachin, the fight back by the young boys after the test series in England is a sign that they are mentally tough and relish the challenges.
After the 1-3 test series loss, a lot of Indian players, including the superstar Virat Kohli, were criticized.
There had been questions raised over the abilities of the youngsters, but, all those critics eventually had to eat their words as in the One Day Internationals, India came back in style and handed England three consecutive defeats in Nottingham, Rose Bowl and Edgbaston.
Talking about the Indian side the other day, Sachin said, “I have spent time with these young boys and I can assure you that they are all very good. Yes, in test matches, there have not been too many positive results of late, but, let us have some patience. It’s a young team. They will start delivering. I mean see how well they have done in ODIs.”
When asked about India’s chances in the World Cup, the master blaster said, “I would not be surprised if they are able to defend the title. They are a versatile side. There is left-right combination in their batting and as far as bowling is concerned, they are good both pace and spin wise. There is some real quality in there and I am backing them to do well in Australia-New Zealand.”
Sachin was a key part of the Indian side that had won the World Cup in the subcontinent in 2011. He was the man of the match in the semis against Pakistan.
The future of Robinho is consistently being linked with a move away from Ac.Milan as the Brazilian player could never really manage to make himself being felt by his teammates or managers. With a price tag of €18 million, Robinho arrived to the Italian club from Manchester City but his time at San Siro is reaching its end as there are a number of clubs that are willing to sign him and the head coach of Ac.Milan Filippo Inzaghi could use the cash injection to strengthen other areas of the squad.
During the past few seasons Ac.Milan has been going through a major renovation with senior and experienced players leaving the Italian club while some younger ones have been added to the team but things have not been going smooth for the club with a number of managers seeing their way out of San Siro after not being able to pick up positive results.
Even though the Italian season has not started Filippo Inzaghi is already been heavily criticized after losing against Manchester City, Liverpool and Olympiakos in the International Champions Cup. Robinho was not featured in either of those matches and this puts into question if the Brazilian attacker is in the plans of the new coach.
Robinho, Al-Ahli, Orlando City, Al Jazira are some of the latest clubs that have been in contact with the agent of the Brazilian player as they are trying to sign him before the conclusion of the summer transfer window.
Marisa Ramos is the agent of Robinho and she has revealed a few details concerning the future of her client, Robinho as she said: “Yes, Santos is certainly a possibility for Robinho. However, we are waiting, as nothing has been decided or completed. We are evaluating every hypothesis.
“At the moment, nothing has been sorted out for Robinho’s new club. There has been important progress and now we are down to details. There is a great chance Robinho could return to Santos. We are analyzing everything calmly, considering the financial and sporting aspects, plus obviously the love Robinho has for Santos. I have always made it clear we were analyzing every possibility without ruling anything out.”
While the 2014 World Cup might still be relatively young, Mexico stopper Guillermo Ochoa has already put himself in contention as the tournament’s best goalkeeper after his inspired performance against Brazil. With much of the talk so far in this World Cup being the amount of goals being scored, it says something about Ochoa’s performance that you’d have been hard pressed to find someone bored after watching the goalless draw.
Ochoa kept a clean sheet in Mexico’s 1-0 victory over Cameroon, although took until the 90th minute before the keeper was tested, but the was somewhat busier in Mexico’s second Group A game against Brazil. While the hosts dominated large spells of the game, there was nothing Neymar, Fred, Oscar et al could do to find a way past an inspired Ochoa in the Mexican goal. Read More