Robinho happy to stay at City
Man City star Robinho admits he would relish the chance to rejoin Santos - but not just yet.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 30/05/09 2:49pm
Robinho admits he would relish the chance to rejoin his first club Santos - but insists he has no desire to leave Manchester City just yet.
The Brazilian star had a mixed first season in England after his record-breaking move from Real Madrid as although he was the Blues' top scorer with 14 goals and fourth on the Premier League goal-scoring charts, he went on a four-month goal drought and scored just three goals away from home.
Reports have linked the 25-year-old with a move away from Eastlands this summer after City just missed out on clinching a Europa League spot for next season.
Santos president Marcelo Teixeira claimed on Friday that Robinho was keen on a return to the Brazilian club but the Brazil international maintains he is committed to helping turn big-spending City into a genuine force.
"I am very happy at City," he told globosporte.com. "Santos are the team of my heart and one day I want to go back, but not now."
Teixeira had claimed to have had an hour-long discussion with Robinho about his future and how he feels following his debut Premier League campaign.
"Robinho asked for some suggestions. He is not happy in England," Teixeira also told globoesporte.
"We gave him our opinion in which way he can take in his career. He said that he is interested in returning to Santos.
"We know this is difficult because of the financial situation, but we will analyse all the possibilities."
City paid a British record £32.5million for Robinho and signed him on a four-year contract which runs until June 2012.