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Robinho: Real Madrid forced me to go to Man City

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Robinho has made a stunning accusation by claiming that Real Madrid forced him to go to Manchester City instead of Chelsea in 2008

The Brazilian forward scored 35 goals in 135 games across all competitions in a three-year spell with Real.

But Robinho’s relationship with club president Ramón Calderón fell apart after talks over a contract extension never materialised with the Brazilian suggesting that he was being used as part of a deal to sign Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008.

After their failed approach for the Portuguese star, Robinho completed a shock move to then-Premier League strugglers City on a four-year deal and on the same day that the club was sold to Arab investment company Abu Dhabi United Group.

But Robinho has revealed that his preferred destination had been Chelsea, who were managed at the time by former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

However, a fall out between Real and Chelsea meant that any move to Stamford Bridge was no longer a possibility.

“I wanted to go to Chelsea, Scolari told me that I could make the difference for him in the team,” said Robinho told FourFourTwo.

“However, Real Madrid ended up badly with them, they didn’t like the way that Chelsea sold shirts with my name on them before the deal was done.

“I am sure it was this that led to the negotiations to fail and it was a case of pride for Real Madrid. On top of this Chelsea were in the Champions League and City wasn’t.”

Robinho won two La Liga titles and the Spanish Supercup at Real.

But he has no regrets leaving the Europeans giants.

“I don’t regret leaving Madrid but I am sorry that it ended badly when I went,” Robinho continued.

“Madrid were the club that opened their doors and gave me the chance to succeed in Europe, perhaps the way that I fought to leave harmed the memories of the good things I did for the team.

“I helped to make them champions and I think I played well but I had made up my mind to leave and I have an explosive character.

“Madrid were the team that had put most interest in me. Both clubs (Madrid and Barcelona) are big and have fans around the world but when Madrid came for me I saw that they had a group of Brazilians in the squad and the coach was Vanderlei Luxemburgo. Why would I go to Barcelona?”

Robinho would only manage 16 goals in 53 appearances in all competitions for City before leaving for AC Milan.

The former Brazil international then had a third stint on loan at boyhood club Santos before having spells with Chinese and Brazilian sides Guangzhou Evergrande and Atlético Mineiro.

Robinho currently plays his club football at Turkish club Sivasspor.