Mancini urges Robinho stay

New City boss challenges Samba star

Robinho: Valued by Mancini

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Roberto Mancini wants Robinho to remain at Eastlands and help to 'write the history' of Manchester City.

"I played at Sampdoria for 15 years. I wrote the history. It is important. Robinho can do that here."

Roberto Mancini on Robinho

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The Brazilian has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona over recent months and has admitted that he will seek talks with Mancini in an effort to establish what his plans are for the future.

City officially unveiled their new boss on Monday, with Mark Hughes relieved of his duties following Saturday's 4-3 victory over Sunderland.

Mancini has wasted no time in setting out his ambitions, with UEFA Champions League qualification at the top of the Italian's agenda.

He is also keen to build bridges with some of City's biggest names, with a number of first-team players expressing their disappointment at Hughes' departure.

While Robinho was not among them, his future remains the subject of much conjecture and Mancini has revealed that he will do all he can to persuade the Samba star to stay put.

"Robinho is a fantastic player," he said.

Important

"But for a big player like him, it is important to make the history of a club.

"I played at Sampdoria for 15 years. I wrote the history. It is important. Robinho can do that here."

Mancini's first game in charge of City will be against Stoke on Boxing Day, giving him ample opportunity to have a good look at his squad before selecting his starting XI.

The former Lazio and Inter Milan boss admits he will be looking to add to his squad during the January transfer window, regardless of the talent already available, but insists he will not be making recruitment decisions by himself.

"In Italy, it is not just the manager who decides on players, it is also director of football," he said.

"I will speak with Garry (Cook, chief executive) and Brian (Kidd, assistant manager).

"Together we will decide who we need. It is no problem. The most important thing is for City to win, now and in the future."