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
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 might be signing on a permanent basis for Santos at the end of this season.
Although, there have been speculations of him being lined up by the Mexican and American clubs, the 30-year old forward seems to be interested in prolonging his tenure in his motherland.
Robinho has hinted that he has got luring offers from overseas, but, the way he spoke in his interview yesterday, it could have been easily made out that he has his heart at Santos only having come through the ranks at the club and until, the circumstances force him to make an exit from there, he would stay there.
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.
Ever since the Brazilian forward of Ac.Milan, Robinho made his way out of Santos and initiated his football career journey in Europe, it has not been an impressive campaign for the star that Pele once considered him to be his successor.
During his time with Real Madrid he made a series of performances that led him to be nominated in the top 10 candidates for the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations which was a sign of just how important he was for the Spanish club but his stay with Real Madrid was hampered with a series of injuries and he did not make a single appearance for the Spanish club in the last season that Robinho still was a Real Madrid player.
In 2008, Real Madrid tried using Robinho as bait in order to lure in C.Ronaldo from Manchester United but the transfer was never made and the Brazilian player was signed by Manchester City as they were willing to offload €42 million to secure his services but that was the moment when his career hit a new low as he only remained with Manchester City for 2 seasons despite having been bought at such a high price.
Things aren’t changing for Robinho even after making a move to the Italian side, Ac.Milan. The 30 years old Brazilian player is not even being taking into consideration for Brazil as he was not featured in Brazil’s latest friendly match against South Africa and they still managed on claiming a resounding 5-0 victory with Neymar being the star of the show.
Injuries still keep on causing problems for Robinho and even though he continues underperforming in Ac.Milan, Seedorf still uses the Brazilian as a consistent player but it is becoming very evident that his football career in Europe is reaching its end and he was nowhere even close to the player that the media and Pele expected him to be.