Robinho Reveals Why Madrid Would Not Sell Him to Chelsea
Brazilian forward Robinho has revealed that he was set to join Chelsea back in 2008, but Real Madrid pulled the plug on the transfer after discovering that Chelsea had already begun to sell shirts bearing Robinho’s name.
The Brazilian ended up joining Manchester City instead later in that window. Robinho told FourFourTwo, “My main goal was to move to Chelsea. Big Phil [Scolari] had said I could make the difference for him as his squad, according to him, was not creative enough.
“But Real Madrid had fallen out with Chelsea – they didn’t like them selling shirts with my name on before the deal had been done. I am pretty sure that this error was one of the main reasons why the transfer failed, as it was a matter of pride for Real Madrid.
“And they were also reluctant to let me move to a club that was playing in the Champions League the same season – Chelsea were, but City weren’t.” Robinho spent 18 months at City before moving to AC Milan.
“I moved to a great club and they welcomed me in the best way. I had one-and-a-half years of joy in Manchester, despite the city being a lot colder than Madrid!”