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Robinho exclusive

  • 02 September 2008 19:00
  • Posted byTim Oscroft

Robinho says that City’s exciting plans for the future helped him decide to make his dramatic deadline-day move to the City of Manchester Stadium.

The Brazilian star has spoken exclusively to today after meeting manager Mark Hughes, and he says that he wants to help the Blues win the Premier League title.

The 24-year-old met with Hughes in London before flying to South America for Brazil’s 2010 World Cup qualifiers in Santiago and Rio de Janeiro, and when asked why he chose to leave Real Madrid and sign for City he said,

“I knew that Manchester City is a very big club, there’s a great team there already and this is an exciting project. I liked the project, and when City made the offer to Real Madrid, I decided to come here. I liked the plans that Manchester City have and I want to succeed with them.”

Tuesday has seen hundreds of City fans turn up at the City of Manchester Stadium, with replica shirts with ‘Robinho 10’ printed on them flying out of the CityStore. When told of the day’s excitement, Robinho replied:

“That makes me very, very happy, and I want to repay this excitement by performing on the pitch, and scoring a lot of goals for the fans.”

There are two familiar faces in the City squad for Robinho, with fellow internationals Jo and Elano already at the Club, something which he says helped him make his decision to come here.

“I play with Jo and Elano in our national team, they are my friends and I know them very well. Having such great players already at City was one of the reasons why I decided to come here.”

And his meeting with Mark Hughes in London today has gone well, with the former Santos star telling us:

“I met with the Manager today and it went very well, I know that he was a great player and I think that will be a big help to me. I want to help the Manager and the team to win the Premier League, that’s my ambition here.”

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