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Robinho clinches Santos loan as City's 32.5m flop completes fall from grace

29 Jan 2010 00:22:21

Robinho clinches Santos loan as City's 32.5m flop completes fall from grace

Robinho was finally handed an escape route home to Brazil last night, securing a six-month loan move from Manchester City to Santos after agreeing to take a huge pay cut. That his parting gift to City was an FA Cup goal against Scunthorpe says everything about the fall from grace of a player who was signed for a British record £32.5million from Real Madrid 17 months ago as a statement of intent on Sheik Mansour's first day in charge of the club. The boy from Brazil never really settled in Manchester, and on his last Premier League appearance at Everton he suffered the humiliation of coming on as a substitute - and then being replaced by another sub. Off you go: Roberto Mancini (right) has shown Robinho the exit         HAVE YOUR SAY...     Is Robinho the biggest waste of money ever in the Premier League? The Manchester City forward has been sent on loan to Santos - just 18 months after arriving from Real Madrid in a British record £32.5million deal. Andriy Shevchenko and Juan Sebastian Veron are two expensive flops but is Robinho the worst of the lot? TELL US WHAT YOU THINK It only added to his concerns that limited playing time at City could affect his hopes of representing Brazil at this summer's World Cup, and the possibility of a move to Santos has been on the cards since last week. While City are losing a player of quality, the 26-year-old became a source of frustration and disruption for former boss Mark Hughes and has improved little under Roberto Mancini. 'Robinho needs to be playing regularly and we wish him well for the period of his loan,' said the Italian last night. Robinho's wife, Vivian, is known to be desperately unhappy in England, and he has cut an isolated figure at City since fellow Brazilian Elano was sold. It was his desperation to play regular first-team football that led to him agreeing to cut his £160,000-a-week wages in half - he will be paid £75,000-a-week before tax by Santos - and also waive his image rights. Back home: Robinho in action for Santos shortly before his departure in 2005 That will allow the Brazilian club to recoup much of their outlay through advertising, and a loan deal that extends beyond the end of theseason to August 4 means they can do so throughout the World Cup whenhe will be at his most marketable.   City, who have lined up Middlesbrough's Adam Johnson as a replacement, refused to pay anything towards Robinho's salary. A statement on the club website confirmed that all his contract terms will be paid by Santos. Robinho will fly to Brazil on Sunday and be paraded on Monday. He is likely to make his debut against Sao Paulo, another team who wanted him, on February 7. Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro has not ruled out keeping the player longer, saying: 'All contracts can be extended. It would be a dream come true to have Robinho until the end of the year and we have learned that dreams can come true. 'Robinho is back home. It was a negotiation that was complicated but with a very happy ending for Santos. This is also a victory for Brazil. The dream for every Brazilian is to have Robinho fit to play in the World Cup.'  Top of the flops! As Manchester City star Robinho prepares to leave Sportsmail selects it's Worst XIVIDEO: Who needs Robinho? 'New Pele' Neymar stars for Santos in 5-0 win dedicated to incoming Manchester City starMan City launch Johnson swoop in bid to beat Chelsea for Middlesbrough ace Man City still in hunt for Gago as Real Madrid line up £13m replacementMARTIN SAMUEL: Three-goal Tevez left in a daze by home truth I want to play for a big club - not Man City, snipes Santos starlet HenriqueMANCHESTER CITY FC


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