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Robinho defends City form

Brazilian superstar hits back at critics

Robinho: Dip in form

Robinho: Dip in form

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Robinho has responded to criticism suggesting he plays better for Brazil than he does for Manchester City.

The South American superstar has come under fire of late following a number of lacklustre showings for his club.

As Britain's most expensive footballer, following a £32million move to City from Real Madrid last summer, Robinho's every move is heavily scrutinised.

He appeared capable of living up to the expectation upon his arrival in England, with a number of eye-catching displays drawing widespread acclaim.

As his performances have tailed off, so has the praise, with many critics of the belief that Robinho does not give his all at club level.

The 25-year-old playmaker insists that is not the case, though, claiming he is just as dedicated to City as he is to his international commitments.

"I truly dedicate myself to my club," he said.

"Sometimes I am questioned, asking why I play better for the national squad than at Manchester City. I am the same at both places, but Manchester City is one team and the Brazil national squad is another.

Respect

"In all respect to Manchester City, who have good players by the way, here I play with Kaka and Ronaldinho - it is totally different.

"Here I can play well, but I believe I am playing well at City. I have scored 11 goals in the Premier League."

Robinho is currently away with the Brazil squad preparing for a 2010 World Cup qualifying double-header against Ecuador and Peru.

However, his preparations have been hindered by drug accusations levelled at him by Pele.

The Brazil legend insists he has been misunderstood, and he never meant to implicate Robinho, but the City star is understandably disappointed at the episode.

"This issue with Pele has become out of control," he said.

"I saw an interview he gave today where he said he was misunderstood and he didn't mean that.

"I have never been involved in drugs and if I had, I certainly wouldn't be here with the national team. I think this issue is over."