Hughes - Robinho is happy
Mark Hughes believes Robinho is happy at Man City and will remain at the club for the foreseeable future.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 11/12/09 8:32pm
Mark Hughes believes Robinho is happy at Manchester City and will remain at the club for the foreseeable future.
Reports of an imminent exit from Eastlands have been doing the rounds since the summer, with Barcelona reported to be the Brazilian's next port of call.
However, the tricky frontman has made it clear that he has no desire to move on any time soon, claiming in a recent interview that he would be happy to stay at City for the next five to 10 years.
That has helped to curb the incessant speculation for now, but Blues boss Hughes insists he always knew that Robinho was enjoying his time in England.
He said: "I know Robi's feelings. He is very happy around the place and with life in Manchester. He always has a smile on his face.
"He is playing alongside good players in a good team. He knows he can be successful with the club and the players that are here already. He likes the way we play and wants to be a part of that.
"Robi was frustrated earlier in the season because he wasn't playing. Now he is playing perhaps people will start speaking about his performances."
Robinho has only recently returned to full fitness following a niggling ankle injury which kept him sidelined for the best part of three months.
He is now determined to play a major role for City over the coming months as they target a top-four finish, and Hughes is delighted to have his attacking arsenal back up to full power.
"We have a lot of players who have the ability to produce something out of nothing," said the Welsh coach.
"You need that if you have the ambition to be a top team.
"There are going to be occasions where you don't play particularly well and those type of players can win you games.
"They make their reputations by doing something out of the ordinary and certainly Robi is one of those type of players."