Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari believes Robinho is worth every penny of the �32.4million Manchester City paid for the Brazilian - even though his bosses thought otherwise on transfer deadline day.
In the end Chelsea refused to meet Real's asking price and City - having just been taken over by the ultra-wealthy Abu Dhabi United Group - then astonished the world by securing his signature in next to no time.
Asked if City had paid too much, Scolari replied: "No. He's a very good player. If I have money to buy a fantastic house, I buy it."
Robinho was the one player Scolari wanted to bring to Stamford Bridge after his initial primary target, Portugal midfielder Deco, had been signed with relative ease from Barcelona.
But the Brazilian insisted he had played no part in the Robinho negotiations and was content to leave that role to chief executive Peter Kenyon.
He said: "It was a technical decision and when it is about money the board makes the decision. The coach needs to say, 'If I want this player, this is why'. If that didn't happen, the club would buy this or that.
"I am the coach and manager, but I have zero influence on money. It's a job for Peter, not me.
"My job is on the pitch and that's the way I work. For 27 years as a coach I've worked like that.
"Chelsea offered what they thought was correct but they didn't want to pay for what they thought wasn't correct for the club, the agent, the player.
"This is the correct philosophy for Chelsea. It's not because we have money or don't have money. We have one project and we follow that."
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