Mancini: “I want Robinho to stay”

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has said he would like to keep forward Robinho at Eastlands, despite reports the Brazilian is set to quit the club, BBC Sport informs. The 26-year-old has been quoted as telling Brazilian radio he is set to return home, with a loan move to his former club Santos one possibility. Robinho scored in City’s 4-2 FA Cup win at Scunthorpe on Sunday and Mancini stated: “I hope he will stay here. “In the next day the situation can change but at the moment he stays.” Reports that Robinho had told Brazilian radio of his imminent Eastlands exit emerged before City’s pulsating victory in the fourth round of the Cup at Glanford Park. He admitted that he had not been playing well for the Premier League’s big spenders but complained that new coach Mancini had not been playing him regularly enough. “The coach was very sincere with me and said that I would play every other match,” he was quoted as saying. “I told him that would not be interesting to me, it’s a World Cup year. “It would be exceptional to return to [former club] Santos [in Brazil]. To play at Santos would help me on the way to the World Cup. It is my home, I know everybody. “It’s what they [the Manchester City directors] say. The entire board felt that it is better to loan me out.”

The president of Santos, Luiz Alvaro de Oliviera Riberio, told the same radio station that his club was already in talks with City directors and would meet with them in London on Tuesday and that he was already sounding out sponsors who might help to pay for the Brazilian’s salary if he returns.

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