Robinho has finally spoken out about his massively disappointing form for Manchester City and provided an explanation: it's his team-mates' fault.
How thoroughly, disappointingly predictable.
Robinho says he plays better for Brazil than he does for City because he is lining up alongside a higher quality of player, but his argument is less convincing than one of his away performances for his club.
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He claimed: 'I truly dedicate myself to my club. Sometimes I am questioned why I play better for the national squad than at Manchester City. I am the same at both places, but City is one team and the Brazil national squad is another.
'In all respect to Manchester City, who have good players by the way, here I play with Kaka and Ronaldinho - it is totally different.
'Here I can play well, but I believe I am playing well at City. I have scored 11 goals in the Premier League.'
If Robinho is a truly world class player, he should stand out in any team and be able to raise the standard at City.
Instead he has dropped below their level away from Eastlands and may even have led Mark Hughes to think that a change for a more effective and consistent star turn is needed in the summer.
If, at a cost of £34 million, Robinho is happy with the way things are, the manager's decision has surely been made for him.