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Santos president tells Man City: Robinho better off with us

Santos have warned Manchester City they will be getting an unhappy player if they force Robinho to return.

The 26-year-old has not hidden the fact that he is dismayed by the idea of having to start the new season in Manchester and he intends to reiterate to the chief executive, Garry Cook, that he wants to play no further part in the club's plans.

"The club [City] have told us they don't want to loan him out again but Robinho will go back and talk to their board," the Santos president, Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro, said. "No one plays where one doesn't want to and I still believe we can persuade Manchester City to loan him for a little longer.

"We agreed a free loan at the start of the year and we want the same conditions now, whereby we pay his wages. That would be good for Brazilian football, for Robinho and for Manchester City themselves because it would keep the value of the player."

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