Robinho said: "Alves is a great player and a good person. His transfer is a subject for the directors, but if he had come to Real Madrid he would have helped.
On working with coach Bernd Schuster, Robinho added: "The coach likes touch players and to keep the ball. Not only that, he wants that we win but do it playing well. Hopefully it can be the year of Real Madrid.
"Schuster gives everyone opportunities and I want to demonstrate that I can be a starter."