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Robinho warned by Calderon
23 Aug 2008 - 11:41:51
Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has warned Brazil forward Robinho that he will have to buy out the remaining two years of his contract to leave the Bernabeu for Chelsea.
The 24-year-old has made known his desire to head to Stamford Bridge before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month and Real had seemed to be set to grant him his wish.
A statement on the club's official website read: "Real Madrid would never want to retain a player against his wishes and, as a result, they have no alternative but to accept his unilateral decision to rescind his contract if that is what the player wants."
However, Calderon later told radio station Cadena Ser: "No player will be kept here against their will. This does not mean that Madrid will not defend the interests of the club.
"I'm sure that Robinho has already weighed up the consequences of his decision and I'm sure that in the next few days he will give a letter to the club to announce that he wants to go.
"I can tell you that Madrid are not going to transfer Robinho. We are not going to sell him. If he wants to go, then he should go now.
"It's not necessarily that he will have to pay the 150million euros (buyout clause). He would end his contract, but the courts will decide what he has to pay.
"He should leave as soon as possible, but he must accept the consequences of rescinding his contract when it has two years remaining."