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Roque Santa Cruz: Robinho won’t shut up about Barcelona

Striker helps show rival to the door at Eastlands…

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Is Roque Santa Cruz greasing up the wheels of Robinho‘s winter transfer to Barcelona? Man City‘s £18m striker put the jinking Brazilian right in it during a recent radio interview with Catalunya Radio, by announcing Robinho regularly reminds his teammates he’d rather being doing his jinking alongside Lionel Messi than, er, Roque Santa Cruz:

Of course he talks to us about it. And the players are cracking jokes about it in the dressing room.

In the English papers there’s a lot of interest about Barca and Robinho is also not hiding his desire to play for them one day. But I guess we’ll see.

It’s not very often you’ll hear players divulge what goes on in the dressing room, and especially not with regards to a member of the team their manager has repeatedly stated is going nowhere. However, we imagine one less forward at Eastlands doesn’t sound like such a bad idea to the bit-part playing Paraguyan, who was sure to help state Robinho’s case before the interview was over:

To add a talent like Robinho to the quality of players they have would give a different air to Barca because he’s got great ability and is a player who pleases crowds because of the way he plays.

A player that good wouldn’t have any problems being part of that side.

Bet he sent Pep Guardiola a Michael Owen-style brochure as well.


3 responses so far
  • MwepuLlunga // November 19, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Surely City are onto a winner here. Robinho’s done his job of increasing the status of the team up and attracting attention and other players to the club. They’ve now got the opp of getting rid of an underperforming ‘luxury’ player and more surprisingly found a club stupid enough to pay top dollar for him! Guardiola’s already got away with a potentially disastrous transfer (Etoo out Ibra in) I doubt this one will be as succesful.

  • andy // November 19, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I agree with MwepuLlunga, it would be great business for Man City and Barcelona would only get a few good games out of him each season.

    However, I am not sure that Guardiola and Barcelona are indeed prepared to pay top dollar for him. Neither has confirmed the interest so it is just rumour. Guardiola has proven incredibly shrewd so far in all his dealings with the squad, including getting rid of Eto’o, who despite his immense talent was proving disruptive in the dressing room.

  • BlueBlueBlue // November 19, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    I hope he stays, love to see him and Adebayor together, someone could really take a hammering that day, but if he’s made his mind up then let him go. Absolutlely awsome, you don’t get in the Brazil starting 11 by being bad lets face it. His goals made have made a difference especially in more shaky times and he is a joy to watch on his day. If he goes we will reflect on his time fondly, “There once was Robinho here on the blue side of Manchester, but there will always be Man City!”.

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