Robinho denies distractions
Man City star Robinho insists his form did not suffer as a result of accusations of sexual assault.
Last Updated: 23/04/09 12:22pm
Manchester City star Robinho has rubbished suggestions that his on-field form suffered following accusations of sexual assault earlier in the season.
The Brazil international has been told he will face no charges after police ended an investigation into an incident at a Leeds nightclub at the beginning of 2009.
Robinho's form dipped in the New Year and critics implied that the 25-year-old was being affected by events away from football.
But the British-record signing, who scored his first goal since the end of last December when recently netting against West Brom, insists he was not distracted.
"The Leeds incident was a bad thing to happen, particularly taking into account I did nothing wrong," Robinho told Key 103.
"I carried on with my life and playing football as though nothing had happened.
"That is the way it was. That is the way it had to be. My lack of goals or form had nothing to do with that."
The former Real Madrid playmaker is also adamant that he has enjoyed his first season in the Premier League, despite rumours he is looking to quit City in the summer.
"The Premier League is very strong, physical football and I am not a strong player," he said.
"But fortunately I was able to adapt quite quickly taking into account that I was used to playing a different type of football.
"I hope next year I will be even better because I will know what to expect."
Meanwhile, Robinho is keen for Brazil team-mate Elano, who has been linked with an end-of-season exit, to remain at Eastlands.
"Everyone who sees Elano knows he is a very good player," he added.
"He is an international with a lot of qualities and as a friend and a team-mate I hope he stays at City for many years to come."