Robinho rescue act: Marseille target Manchester City striker

12 May 2010 10:23
Marseille are lining up a sensational bid to rescue Robinho from his Manchester City hell this summer, according to reports in France.

The Brazil striker was forced to return to former club Santos last January in desperate bid to rediscover his form and fitness ahead of this summer's World Cup.

Having scored five goals in 11 games, Robinho helped his boyhood club secure the Brazilian title and secure his place in coach Dunga's World Cup squad.

Up for grabs: Manchester City look likely to offload British record buy Robinho this summer

But the 26-year-old insists he will not return to Eastlands when his short-term deal expires next month, urging mega rich City to let him stay 'quietly' in his homeland.

He said: 'I'm very happy. This is an important title for me. I found happiness on the pitch here with a wonderful team that plays attacking football with a smile.

'It's great to be part of this team. Let me stay here quietly.'

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Santos previously admitted that a permanent deal for Robinho is beyondtheir economical reach and City will not be so generous in allowingtheir British record £32.5million transfer signing leave on the cheap.

  It is understood, however, that the Barclays Premier League club are prepared to cut their losses on Robinho this summer, paving the way for the French club to make an offer closer to their demands.

Robinho failed to impress boss Roberto Mancini during his short time working under the Italian, who is now keen on Inter Milan ace Mario Balotelli as a direct replacement.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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