Hughes rules out Robinho exit

25 March 2009 08:17
Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has once again insisted that Brazil international Robinho will not be leaving Eastlands in the summer. City signed the 25-year-old from Real Madrid for a British record transfer fee of £32.5million in August 2008 but the striker has been criticised for his inconsistency, particularly away from home, this term. Robinho has scored 12 goals this season though and Hughes has no plans to sell him, saying: "He is in my plans long term. People who say otherwise are just being mischievous. "He's an outstanding player who wants to be part of what we're doing, but he's also a professional football player and he doesn't enjoy getting beaten. "There's no reason for anybody to think Robinho isn't playing well for any other reason than the opposition stopping him. "He's aware of the stories about him and he knows the focus is on him."

Source: ESA