Robinho set to leave Manchester City

Manchester City striker Robinho could be set for a return to Brazilian side Santos after confirming that he wants to leave Eastlands. According to The Guardian the Premier League's most expensive player has blamed Roberto Mancini and his predecessor Mark Hughes for his decision to quit English football.

The 25-year-old had been linked with a move to Barcelona but it now appears that the Catalan club have no interest in signing the former Real Madrid player. The report in The Guardian claims that a delegation from Robinho's boyhood club Santos will travel to Manchester next week to hammer out a loan deal for the player.

'The whole board of directors [at City] has decided that the best thing is to loan me out,' Robinho is reported to have said. 'It would be extraordinary to come back to Santos. Playing for Santos would help pave my way to the World Cup. It's my home, where I know everyone.'

The Brazilian has been a major disappointment since his £32.5m move from Real Madrid in 2008 and was recently substituted against Everton having come on from the bench just fifteen minutes earlier due to his lacklustre display.

'The first thing to say is that it is a bad moment I am going through,' Robinho told Brazilian radio. 'The managers are different here. They decide a system and want you to fit in and it doesn't matter if you're tall or short. The manager was honest with me. He told me I was just going to play every other game. I told him that wouldn't interest me because this is a World Cup year and I need to play.'

Robinho now looks likely to be one of the most expensive flops in the history of the Premier League with not even big spending City willing to pay his £160,000 per week salary.

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