Blues still want Robinho

Brazilian may yet complete protracted move to Chelsea

By Chris Burton.   Last Updated: 25/07/08 2:09pm

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Robinho: Conflicting reports

Robinho: Conflicting reports

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Chelsea have confirmed that their pursuit of Robinho remains a work in progress.

The Brazilian has been quoted as expressing an interest in joining the Blues, although conflicting reports have suggested that he wishes to remain at Real Madrid and has agreed a new five-year contract with the Primera Liga champions.

Despite the ongoing rumours surrounding a potential deal, Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon revealed on Thursday that discussions with Madrid are ongoing and the player may yet arrive at Stamford Bridge.

"The speculation surrounding Chelsea in any transfer window is enormous," he

said.

"We have confirmed we are interested in Robinho and have had some conversations with the club. That is ongoing and as the coach has said, he is a player we have identified as a talent.

"If we could get him it would add to what we have got, but if it doesn't happen, the objectives of Chelsea are not going to change."

Speculation

Luiz Felipe Scolari refused to get drawn into the debate surrounding the Real playmaker, only adding that he was an admirer of his countryman's considerable ability.

"Robinho is a great player, he plays for one of the best teams in the world and also Brazil," said the 59-year-old, who guided the South Americans to World

Cup glory in 2002.

"But at the moment it is not more than speculation. It is the time of the year for speculation, it is the time for agents to put one player here and then there."

The new Chelsea chief also confirmed that the club expect to learn more about the full extent of Jose Bosingwa's injury status once the Portugal international has undergone a scan on a thigh complaint on Friday.

The full-back picked up the knock during a 4-0 victory over Guangzhou on Wednesday.

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