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Football: Hughes Reveals Robinho Apology

Posted on: January 23, 2009

LONDON : Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has said Brazil star Robinho has apologised to him for leaving the Premier League club’s warm weather training camp in Tenerife without permission.

And he also dismissed reports Robinho would be involved in a January transfer window swop deal with Chelsea’s Didier Drogba.

Robinho flew home to Santos on a private jet and has since claimed he had to deal with a pressing family matter.

That has cut little ice with City officials who say the forward will be disciplined on his return to the club – Robinho rejoining the training camp has been ruled out because of time-difference and travel constraints.

Hughes was adamant the 24-year-old’s walkout was in no way linked to the collapse of the deal to sign Robinho’s fellow Brazil star Kaka and a feeling the club’s grand ambitions are unlikely to be realised.

Robinho, City’s leading scorer this term after arriving at Eastlands in a British transfer record 32 million pounds deal in September from Real Madrid, is set to rejoin the squad upon their return to Manchester at the weekend.

He will be in contention to play for lowly City against Newcastle on Wednesday although by then he could have been fined a couple of weeks’ wages, worth around 200,000 pounds.

“Robby left without permission and obviously felt that he had personal things to address,” Hughes told Thursday’s Manchester Evening News.

“He made the decision to leave the camp and go back to Brazil and that wasn’t with my permission,” the former Wales and Blackburn boss explained.

“Once he is back I will sit down and explain my feelings on the situation and then decisions will be made after that.

“In fairness I have already spoken to him. He rang me and we had a brief chat which was obviously difficult given the language constraints but he understands that we need to address this and we will but then we will move on.

“He felt he had permission to go, that wasn’t the case.”

As for the suggestion Robinho’s walk-out was prompted by City’s failure to entice Kaka from AC Milan for what would have been a world record fee of some 100 million pounds, Hughes said: “Robby has come out and said he was on a plane to Brazil before the Kaka deal was dead and buried.

“People who are trying to link the two events are just trying to cause a little bit of mischief.”

In a separate interview with Sky Sports, former Manchester United and Chelsea striker Hughes denied suggestions Robinho was about to join the Blues.

Asked about the forward’s City future, Hughes replied: “That’s not up for debate.” And as for Drogba, he said: “There’s stories about every top player, until we make bids we can’t talk about any other players.

Meanwhile Robinho, stressed his loyalty to City by telling his official website: “I have a good relationship with Mark Hughes and have always respected his decisions. He is the boss!

“I admire the Manchester City fans, who are true lovers of football and loyal to the players. I am looking forward to delivering as many goals as possible to help our team move to the next level”.

City’s aborted bid for Kaka was preceded by failed attempts to sign Gianluigi Buffon, Thierry Henry and the Valencia pair David Villa and David Silva, it emerged on Thursday.

None of the moves got as far as the attempt to sign Kaka with the players’ current clubs all quoting exorbitant prices in an attempt to make the most of City owner Sheikh Mansour’s personal fortune.

“We’re not anybody’s fool,” City’s executive chairman, Garry Cook, was quoted as telling reporters.

But any suggestion City do not overpay for players looks debatable.

This month they’ve spent a total of 40 million pounds on Wayne Bridge, formerly Chelsea’s reserve left-back, Craig Bellamy, who has managed only five goals this season, and Nigel de Jong, who was their third choice for a new holding player behind Barcelona’s Yaya Toure and Lassana Diarra, who opted to join Real Madrid instead.

– AFP /ls

Channel News Asia

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Football: Hughes Reveals Robinho Apology

Posted on: January 23, 2009

LONDON : Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has said Brazil star Robinho has apologised to him for leaving the Premier League club’s warm weather training camp in Tenerife without permission.

And he also dismissed reports Robinho would be involved in a January transfer window swop deal with Chelsea’s Didier Drogba.

Robinho flew home to Santos on a private jet and has since claimed he had to deal with a pressing family matter.

That has cut little ice with City officials who say the forward will be disciplined on his return to the club – Robinho rejoining the training camp has been ruled out because of time-difference and travel constraints.

Hughes was adamant the 24-year-old’s walkout was in no way linked to the collapse of the deal to sign Robinho’s fellow Brazil star Kaka and a feeling the club’s grand ambitions are unlikely to be realised.

Robinho, City’s leading scorer this term after arriving at Eastlands in a British transfer record 32 million pounds deal in September from Real Madrid, is set to rejoin the squad upon their return to Manchester at the weekend.

He will be in contention to play for lowly City against Newcastle on Wednesday although by then he could have been fined a couple of weeks’ wages, worth around 200,000 pounds.

“Robby left without permission and obviously felt that he had personal things to address,” Hughes told Thursday’s Manchester Evening News.

“He made the decision to leave the camp and go back to Brazil and that wasn’t with my permission,” the former Wales and Blackburn boss explained.

“Once he is back I will sit down and explain my feelings on the situation and then decisions will be made after that.

“In fairness I have already spoken to him. He rang me and we had a brief chat which was obviously difficult given the language constraints but he understands that we need to address this and we will but then we will move on.

“He felt he had permission to go, that wasn’t the case.”

As for the suggestion Robinho’s walk-out was prompted by City’s failure to entice Kaka from AC Milan for what would have been a world record fee of some 100 million pounds, Hughes said: “Robby has come out and said he was on a plane to Brazil before the Kaka deal was dead and buried.

“People who are trying to link the two events are just trying to cause a little bit of mischief.”

In a separate interview with Sky Sports, former Manchester United and Chelsea striker Hughes denied suggestions Robinho was about to join the Blues.

Asked about the forward’s City future, Hughes replied: “That’s not up for debate.” And as for Drogba, he said: “There’s stories about every top player, until we make bids we can’t talk about any other players.

Meanwhile Robinho, stressed his loyalty to City by telling his official website: “I have a good relationship with Mark Hughes and have always respected his decisions. He is the boss!

“I admire the Manchester City fans, who are true lovers of football and loyal to the players. I am looking forward to delivering as many goals as possible to help our team move to the next level”.

City’s aborted bid for Kaka was preceded by failed attempts to sign Gianluigi Buffon, Thierry Henry and the Valencia pair David Villa and David Silva, it emerged on Thursday.

None of the moves got as far as the attempt to sign Kaka with the players’ current clubs all quoting exorbitant prices in an attempt to make the most of City owner Sheikh Mansour’s personal fortune.

“We’re not anybody’s fool,” City’s executive chairman, Garry Cook, was quoted as telling reporters.

But any suggestion City do not overpay for players looks debatable.

This month they’ve spent a total of 40 million pounds on Wayne Bridge, formerly Chelsea’s reserve left-back, Craig Bellamy, who has managed only five goals this season, and Nigel de Jong, who was their third choice for a new holding player behind Barcelona’s Yaya Toure and Lassana Diarra, who opted to join Real Madrid instead.

– AFP /ls

Channel News Asia

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