The midfielder told The Sun: “I’ve not played with Robinho at club level for four years.
“I have only played with him for the national team. When we played at Santos we were good friends.
“Our families know each other, so it will be nice to see him in Manchester. When the club told me they were trying to sign Robinho I phoned him and said ‘Please come, I’ll look after you and you will become a hero’.
“It will not be difficult for him to adapt on the pitch because he is a great player and great players can play anywhere. I also believe he will be able to settle off the pitch.
“Manchester is a big city, like Madrid, and the other Brazilians at the club will help him. We will become one big family.
“If he has any problems, we will make sure he is OK. We will go out with him, we will take him to restaurants and show him the right places.”