Robinho seeks Santos stay

Samba star keen to remain in his homeland

Robinho: Back in Brazil

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Robinho has admitted that he would rather remain with Santos than head back to Manchester City.

Having failed to make the desired impact at Eastlands following his record-breaking move from Real Madrid in 2008, the Brazil international has returned to his homeland on loan.

He is hoping a stint with former employers Santos will help to revive his World Cup dreams and allow him to play with the freedom which saw him earn global acclaim in his formative years.

City have always insisted that they expect the 26-year-old playmaker to return to England at the end of the season, confident that they can still bring the best out of the temperamental samba star.

However, Robinho has revealed that his personal preference would be to secure a permanent switch to Santos, having grown disillusioned with life in Europe.

"Santos is my home, I feel great here. I love playing for Santos. I'm in my country and close to my family. I want to stay here for as long as I can," he said.

Faith

"If it was up to me I'd stay here for the rest of my career but I have a contract with Manchester City and I shouldn't forget that the club have behaved really well towards me.

"City welcomed me and showed faith in me. It was very different to the last year I spent in Madrid.

"They wanted to buy another player, they wanted Cristiano Ronaldo. They treated me like I was a nobody. I was very hurt.

"Then the signing of Ronaldo didn't come off and they reconsidered the situation. But I didn't want to continue there.

"I wanted to leave Madrid but maybe if I had gone to another club it would have been better for me.

"I want to be the best player in the World Cup. I see myself lifting the World Cup."