Robinho has confirmed he is set to leave Manchester City, with a return to Santos the likely destination. City manager Roberto Mancini has named Robinho in his starting line-up for today's FA Cup tie against Scunthorpe. And the Brazil forward, who has been unhappy to find himself on the bench in recent matches, acknowledges it could be his last match for City.
"What's important is to be happy," Robinho said. "Money is not everything. First thing is that I am going through a bad period. Here, Mancini said that I would play one game and another no. I didn't accept that and told him so. It's a World Cup year."
Reports suggest Robinho, who joined City in a £32.5m move in 2008, is set to take a pay-cut to move back to Santos, with the Citizens continuing to pay part of his wages.
The 25-year-old added: "The directors all agree that it's better to send me out on loan. It would be exceptional to return to Santos.
"Playing for Santos would help me in my path to the World Cup. It is my home, I know everyone."
Robinho also revealed that his friend and compatriot Diego had told him to join him at Juventus, but that he had responded: "Di, I would do better to go fishing. No, I'm going to Brazil."