Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Robinho goes AWOL

CITY was a club in turmoil today after star striker Robinho went AWOL and the much heralded world record £100m bid for Kaka collapsed.

Executive chairman Garry Cook was in urgent contact with manager Mark Hughes at the squad's Tenerife training camp desperately trying to find out the whereabouts of the £32.5m Brazilian international.

Cook said he has no idea why Robinho has walked out.

City officials are refusing to say whether Robinho stormed out, or that he has returned home to South America.


Full details are a little sketchy at the moment as to exactly what has happened and why, but it does (thankfully) not seem to be linked to the failed pursuit of Kaka.

Closer to the truth is probably the report that he was unhappy at not being allowed to return to Brazil this week (when we don't have a game).

Brazilians going AWOL is not a new development in football, with countless episodes littering football history and the hope here is that it is no more than a storm in a teacup and matters return to normal rather than take a turn for the worse.

UPDATE 13:45 - The BBC are quoting Robinho, who says the club were fully aware all along:

"I had made Manchester City aware that I needed to return to Brazil because of a family matter," Robinho said.

"I will return to the club and hope to sort out this matter as soon as possible," added the 24-year-old."
I'm not sure it fully answers the questions though, but it's a start at least.

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Anonymous said...

Would you be happy knowing that you are meant to be City's Best catch, but kaka was going to be on 5 x your wages? I KNOW I WOULDNT BE HAPPY. Hughes and the board, and the owner are making a millstone here around their own necks, and when the players dont come, the arab will feck off, and city will be worse off than they were under the Thai.

Anonymous said...

Personally I think we should see whether Chelsea are up for a swap deal I could think of 3 or 4 players I would like from them who would improve the squad and not sod off to Brazil over a birthday party.

Anonymous said...

I think, with the money City have, they should approcah Redknapp.

He proved he likes money, as he apparently received a £7m sign on fee tto go to Spurs (Thats probably the real reason he went there too, to be honest).

Therefore if City Pay Spurs the compensation, an take Harry for, he can get the team sorted, as Hughes is obviously NOT a good manager.

Anonymous said...

Robinho has sed all is good now so dont worry lads.