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During the hustle and bustle of transfer deadline day a few minor details sometimes get brushed under the carpet, but Robinho has admitted he didn't even know who he was signing for upon completing his move to Manchester City.

The Brazilian became the first big name arrival of the Sheikh Mansour era back in 2008 and his £32.5million move to City sent shockwaves through English football at the time.

However, it appears Robinho wasn't quite aware of the significance of him signing for City and only knew he was joining an English club.

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Last minute

With the Abu Dhabi Group only completing their takeover of the club earlier on in the day, the move for Robinho was rushed, leaving the Samba star unaware of his destination.

In a reveal-all interview with Manchester City TV, Robinho explained: "I knew I was going to play in England, but I didn’t know for which team and I was very happy when I found that I had the opportunity to play for Manchester City."

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While the late move shocked fans, the player himself knew anything could happen before the deadline shut.

"It was on the very last minute but with me it has always been like that. It was really important, a team that opened doors for me. It was a big transfer." he added.

Star player

City may now have a squad full to the brim of international stars, but things were a little different when Robinho arrived.

Although compatriots Elano and Jo were already at the club, along with Vincent Kompany, Robinho would often find himself partnered by the likes of Benjani Mwaruwari and Darius Vassell.

Having made the move from Real Madrid's team of galacticos, it was perhaps an underwhelming dressing room for Robinho, but that didn't hamper his affection for the club.

"At that time City didn’t have many big players in their team, but it is a club that I have a lot of love and respect for," he said.

Only human

Robinho is believed to have earning around £140,000 a week during his City career and while you may have expected to see him driving around in the latest super car, the humble Brazlian took a much more down to earth approach to life in Manchester.

During his time in the north west he was often said to be seen making the most of the local busses, something he's happily confirmed to be true.

"Before I started to play football I used public transport all my life. I don’t have any problem with that so yes I used it," he explained

"I am a human being just like anyone else. But because I am a football player people sometimes find it weird."

It always rains in Manchester

Although he had no issue with jumping on the bus on a day off, the São Paulo-born winger did have trouble adjusting to the weather, not that that affected his love for his new surroundings.

Robinho said: "It was a beautiful city, but it was very cold. I wasn’t used to so much cold and rain.

“But it was a city that received me very well, with fantastic facilities. I enjoyed living in Manchester and my family also liked it a lot.”

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