Robinho joins City
- Mon 01 Sep 2008, 11:58PM
- Posted byTim Oscroft
Manchester City have made a dramatic late deadline-day swoop for Real Madrid’s Brazilian forward Robinho.
The deal to bring the 24-year-old was completed shortly before the midnight cut-off point, and he has signed a four-year contract.
Robinho, full name Robson de Souza, scored 25 goals in just over 100 games at the Bernabeu, during which time he won two La Liga winner’s medals. He moved to Spain after his attacking talents caught the eye in his home country when with Santos. He has also scored 11 times in 42 caps for Brazil.
He becomes City’s fourth Brazilian player, joining Elano, Jo and Glauber Berti.
Manager Mark Hughes exclusively told mcfc.co.uk, “I am absolutely delighted to get the opportunity to work with such an incredible talent like Robinho. I have said that in order to compete with the best teams in the Premier League we have to be in the market for players of this calibre, and Robinho is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world.
“I am really looking forward to introducing him to the rest of the squad, and to the City fans at the earliest opportunity. This is a real statement of intent as to the ambitions of Manchester City Football Club.”