Flight of fancy: Robinho says he's joining Santos but Man City deny deal

25 January 2010 10:34
Robinho's disastrous spell at Manchester City appeared to be drawing to a close after it emerged that the Brazilian had thrown a tantrum because of Roberto Mancini's refusal to play him in every game.

Britain's most expensive footballer announced his desire to leave and return on loan to his former club, Santos, during a radio interview in Brazil over the weekend.

And while Mancini and City's directors made it clear on Sunday night that £32.5million Robinho will be going nowhere if the deal does not suit them, the chances of the 26-year-old remaining at Eastlands appear increasingly remote.

On the runway: Robinho celebrates after scoring City's final goal

Mancini selected Robinho in his starting line-up for Sunday's FA Cup tie at Scunthorpe and he did score the fourth of City's goals in a 4-2 win that secured a fifth-round home tie with Stoke, who had earlier stunned Arsenal by knocking them out with a 3-1 win at the Britannia.

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