I want to play for a big club - not Man City, snipes Santos starlet Henrique

27 January 2010 12:27
Aiming high: Santos youngster Paulo Henrique

Eastlands chief executive Garry Cook has no doubt that Manchester City will soon be the 'biggest and best club in the world'.

But the nouveau riche outfit have been dismissed as small-time players by one of the Brazilian starlets they are coveting.

City will secure first refusal on Santos talents Neymar and Paulo Henrique Ganso if they agree Robinho's return to Brazil on loan.

But playmaker Paulo Henrique has undiplomatically poured scorn on the plan, admitting: 'I don't want to play for Manchester City. I'd rather play for a big European club, such as AC Milan, Real Madrid or Barcelona.'

It is no surprise that shortly after the Brazil Under 20 international made his comments, Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro banned anyone else from talking about the deal.

Cook was derided last week when footage of him addressing a New York bar emerged.

To the delight of supporters at the Mad Hatter Saloon, Cook clutched a microphone and said: 'This football club will be without doubt the biggest and best in the world.

Homeward bound: Robinho (left) is poised to complete his move to Santos

'People don't like to hear it but I'll make no excuses for saying it, and I will never stop saying it because I truly believe it with the resources and capabilities that we have - and when, not if, we're at Wembley having beaten Man United yet again!'

Neymar, a 17-year-old forward already compared to the great Pele, cannot wait to team up with Robinho.

'It will be crazy,' he said. 'I've dreamed about playing with him in the Brazil team or in a big European club. I'll call him the godfather.' 

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