Robinho wants to learn English as quickly as possible, so he can fully communicate with his Manchester City team-mates. "The language of football is universal," said Robinho in the Manchester Evening News. "You don't need to speak the lingo in order to be able to communicate with a football.

"Myself and the other players already have a good understanding. Sometimes in training when I shout something they think it's funny but they understand me."

He has flown his wife and baby son over from Brazil and is currently house-hunting in the North West but has been struck by Manchester which he describes as 'beautiful'.

"I am enjoying Manchester, Elano took me for a city tour and I loved it.

I haven't started language lessons yet but as soon as I find my own place I will. In six months time my English will be 10 out of 10."