Brazilian attacker Robinho has this evening revealed that he had set his sights on a move to Chelsea, before he eventually joined the Blues’ Premier League rivals Manchester City.
Robinho’s career path
Robinho, now 34, was once considered as one of the most-gifted players on the planet.
The Selecao star lined out for the likes of Santos, Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan, as well as racking up a century of caps for Brazil, over the course of a storied career.
Despite his often questionable attitude, the god-given talents of the Selecao star were never in question.
All told, Robinho’s time in Europe saw him rack up 2 La Liga titles, the Spanish Super Cup, Serie A and the Italian Super Cup.
His career is actually still alive today, with the South American currently on the books of Turkish outfit Sivasspor.
Man City story
Of all of Robinho’s stints with different clubs across Europe, perhaps his most disappointing was with Manchester City.
The attacker made the move to the Etihad from Real Madrid on deadline day of the 2008 summer transfer window.
However, after an impressive debut campaign, during which he racked up 14 goals and 5 assists in the league, Robinho’s second season in Manchester proved something of a disaster.
An injury-plagued opening half to the campaign saw him manage just 10 Premier League appearances.
As such, with competition for places heating up and the World Cup on the horizon in the summer of 2010, Robinho sought out more regular playing time in January, and eventually secured a move back to Brazil, on loan with Santos for the second-half of the season.
And the summer of 2010 subsequently saw Robinho seek a permanent move away from Manchester, with AC Milan having snapped up the Selecao superstar for a fee of just 18 million Euro.
‘Real Madrid had fallen out with Chelsea’
However, as revealed by the Brazilian himself this evening, things could so easily have played out completely differently for him in England.
This is due to the fact that Robinho had in fact decided to join Chelsea, before his move to Man City developed.
However, the Blues’ eagerness to announce the then-Real Madrid star’s arrival eventually proved their downfall.
Speaking in an interview with FourFourTwo, Robinho explained:
‘My main goal was to move to Chelsea. Big Phil [Scolari] had said I could make the difference for him. His squad, according to him, was not creative enough.’
‘But Real Madrid had fallen out with Chelsea. They didn’t like them selling shirts with my name on before the deal had been done. I am pretty sure that this error was one of the main reasons why the transfer failed, as it was a matter of pride for Real Madrid.’
‘They were also reluctant to let me move to a club that was playing in the Champions League that season. Chelsea were, but City weren’t.’
‘I moved to a great club and they welcomed me in the best way. I had one-and-a-half years of joy in Manchester, despite the city being a lot colder than Madrid!’