Madrid star holds press conference to announce his head has joined Chelsea
Sincerely hopes club allows the rest of his body to follow
On the opening Sunday of the Spanish league season, Real Madrid’s problematic Brazilian Robinho prepared for the long slog ahead by calling an extraordinary press conference and announcing “My head is in Chelsea.”
While Madrid were getting ready to raise the curtain against Deportivo La Coruna in Galicia, Robinho was giving it to them with both barrels in the capital. “I’ve already told (coach) Schuster, Pedja (Mijatovic, Madrid’s technical director) and the club that I want to leave, and I’m saying it in front of the press again, as I have many times. The coach thinks he can get me back, but my head is in Chelsea.”
Besides being unable to keep their biggest stars muzzled, let alone happy, Real Madrid are also embarrassed by their own double standards when it comes to allowing big names to pursue their “dreams”, after mounting an extensive PR offensive to encourage Manchester United to allow Cristiano Ronaldo to pursue his. Clearly once in the employ of Real Madrid players are expected to drop all this dream nonsense.
Robinho is also indignant at the club’s willingness to ditch him in favour of Ronaldo, and even offer him as a makeweight in the deal. “My agent has been to speak to the club a thousand times, and not once did they show any interest in keeping me,” he said. “Now that they’ve not managed to sign anyone, they want me to stay. But I’ve got my pride.”
Robinho had a few words for coach Bernd Schuster, reminding him that he is “not my father and can’t make me do anything.” Schuster has also expressed his frustration at the club’s inability to strengthen over the summer. Whatever happens over the next day and a bit, after which, as elsewhere, all summer transfer business comes to a halt in Spain, this has been a disastrous “window” for the club which likes to think itself the biggest in the world.