Brazil Rejoice Brazil Rejoice......... Robinho In The House

Brazilian Football by SBSenior Analyst IJanuary 24, 2010

Manchester City striker Robinho told Brazilian radio today Sunday that he is about to leave the English Premier League club and the president of his former team Santos in Brazil said transfer talks were already underway.

Robinho told radio Bandeirantes that his goal scored at Scunthorpe in the FA Cup would probably be the Brazilian forward's last for the club.

He admitted not playing at top form for City, but complained that he was not being allowed to play regularly. 

"The coach was very sincere with me and said that I would play every other match," Robinho said. "I told him that would not be interesting to me, it's a World Cup year."

Robinho said he wanted to return to Brazil to boost his chances of securing a place in Brazil's World Cup side.

"We are four, five months from the World Cup. As we all know that there is a lot of competition to play for Brazil."

Robinho has been the most consistent player in the Dunga era with victorious participation at the Copa America, the Confederations Cup and the top spot in the South American qualifiers.

However recent form from players like Ronaldinho, who also tried unsuccessfully to return to Brazilian soil with Botafogo earlier this year, suggests that alterations in the Seleção may be in the wings.

After the 2006 World Cup fiasco, where Brazil fielded an extremely European based team and consequently produced possibly it's most uninspiring square performance of all time, there was great public outcry for a more "Brazilian" Seleção.

Robinho, who will turn 26 on Monday, said he was disappointed with the style of coaches in European football.

"They choose a formation and want you to play in it, it doesn't matter if you are short or tall," he said.

Dunga has consistently called local based players to play in all the major international tournaments even if they immediately get sold to foreign clubs right after these tournaments.

The important thing is that when first called to the Seleção they played in Brazil so the public has some recent memory and a connection with them.

However, to really heighten one's chances of wearing the most victorious uniform in the history of football in 2010, actually playing and impressing at home goes a long way.

Hence the sudden influx of world talent ranging from the likes of the already legendary Ronaldo, to Adriano to lesser mortals likes of Vagner Love.

Robinho would probably have to take a pay cut if he left City to play for Santos, but he indicated that would not be a problem.

"The financial situation is important, but being happy also counts," he said. "To play with Santos again would be exceptional."

Robinho moved from Real Madrid to Manchester City for a British-record fee of 32.5 million pounds in 2008.

He reached stardom while playing for Brazilian club Santos, Pele's former club, before going to Spain in 2005 for money which Santos ironically used to create new youth facilities.

He led Santos to league titles in 2002 and 2004, in a team that also had Juventus midfielder Diego.

Robinho said he talked to Diego recently and said his friend told him to go play with him at Juventus, but  that he would rather return to Santos.