Robinho: ‘No-one would want to play for Manchester City if I hadn’t joined them’
Rob, doing a dance. As per
Jinking midget Robinho has proudly declared that none of Manchester City‘s biggest stars would have even considered signing for club had he not hopped on aboard the petrodollar gravy train first.
Speaking to Eurosport, the £32m flop also admitted he struggled to adapt to the directness of the English game, but claimed to hold no hard feelings against beleaguered coach Roberto Mancini, despite the Italian shipping him out on loan to Santos.
The Brazilian forward spake thusly:
English football is difficult. It’s not easy to adapt to it. In English football it’s not the whole team playing, touching the ball in the Brazilian way.
Mancini is an excellent coach. I never had any problem with him. He was always a good coach, and always respected me, and I always respected him. The problem is that English football is not an easy game for me.
Wait, so we’re in the year 2010 and this 26-year-old international superstar is only just coming to terms with the idea Brazilian football and English football are a teensy bit different? Jesus wept.
Anyway, he went on:
You have to demonstrate your value on the pitch. I don’t feel a better or a worse player because I was the most expensive.
I believe it was good for me and for City, because I opened the doors for other big players to come to City. Maybe if I hadn’t signed there, no other big player would have signed there. I was the first of the big players present in this club. So it was good.
What do you reckon? Had Robinho not rocked up as the posterboy of the MiddleEastlands revolution, would City still be jizzing obscene amounts of cash on the Lescotts and Barrys of this world instead of the Y.Toures and Silvas?