Robinho joins Santos in loan deal

28 January 2010 04:16
Manchester City's unhappy Brazil international Robinho is to join his former club Santos on a six-month loan.Santos will assume Robinho's contract, including his wages and bonuses - although he has agreed to a reduction - until the loan ends on 4 August. [LNB]"He is someone who needs to be playing regularly and we wish him well," said City manager Roberto Mancini. [LNB]The 26-year-old forward scored his first goal of the season in City's 4-2 FA Cup win over Scunthorpe on Sunday. [LNB]Robinho, who cost a British transfer record £32.4m when he arrived from Real Madrid in 2008, was keen to return to Brazil as he attempts to ensure his selection for the World Cup.[LNB] The possibility of an extension to the contract continues to be a dream but we believe that dreams can come true Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro After a promising start to his City career, Robinho's form deserted him and he has started only eight games in all competitions this campaign, prompting links to Barcelona. [LNB]Robinho won the Brazilian championship twice with Santos and helped them reach the 2003 Libertadores Cup final before leaving for Real. [LNB]"At the beginning I thought this (loan idea) didn't go beyond a distant dream but when I spoke to the player I realized that his will would be fundamental," said Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro. [LNB]"The big difficulty was the financial operation, despite Robinho being prepared to take a pay cut to play for Santos again. From then on, we set up a financial enterprise to make the signing viable.[LNB] Either he comes back rejuvenated or goes to a club for a good amount 1st January 2017, tick tock "Robinho will hand over his image and become an advertising model during the period of the contract with Santos. [LNB]"In exchange for that, there's a financial input to cover the demands of a great star. Santos will pay barely a small portion of the salary within our means. [LNB]"Robinho, with his charisma, his performance on the pitch and his image of an idol, will attract better sponsors to Santos and all this at zero cost to the club. [LNB]"The possibility of an extension to the contract continues to be a dream but we believe that dreams can come true." [LNB]He said Robinho would be officially unveiled at a big event next week and could make his debut against Sao Paulo on 7 February.

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