City to 'deal with' Robinho
Mark Hughes has vowed to reprimand Robinho and expects the backing of the club's owner in doing so.
By Rob Carragher
Last Updated: 24/01/09 11:46am
Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has vowed to reprimand Robinho for his recent indiscipline and expects the backing of the club's owner in doing so.
The club's current record signing courted controversy earlier in the week when he abandoned City's Tenerife training camp to return to Brazil - a move that was further highlighted by Kaka's rejection of the club's overtures just hours earlier.
Subsequently, questions have been raised over City's power to attract the world's top players - and indeed control the stars they already have.
But despite this, Hughes insists that he will not be ignoring the issue and will come down hard on the club's golden boy.
"I will deal with Robinho in such a way that I absolutely would not expect this to happen again," Hughes told the Daily Mail.
"I feel confident that if there was a longer problem with any player - even Robinho - I would have the go-ahead from Sheikh Mansour to deal with it in whatever way I saw fit."
Many have suggested that Robinho is demanding big-name signings if he is to stay at Eastlands, and his desertion to Brazil is simply another indication that the young striker is not happy with the progress of the club.
However, Hughes doesn't feel that Robinho should require any confirmation of City's ambition, as he is well-aware of the aims of the club and the behaviour they expect of their star names.
"People talk about assurances to Robinho, but any reassurances would just be repetition. He knows how I feel," added Hughes.
"I have always felt that the top players are easier to control because they have a professional mentality and a winning mentality and that is why they are at the top.
"Now it seems a bit bizarre to be talking like this considering what has happened with Robinho, but it will be addressed, mainly because I expect certain standards from my best guys.
"I have no problem with good footballers.
"The ones that are a problem are those ones that have a higher opinion of their ability than is apparent and a higher opinion of their worth to the team."