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Hughes: Robinho is no small-time crook

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Robinho's claim that Manchester City have a small-time mentality will not damage dressing-room morale, according to manager Mark Hughes.

The Brazilian will escape disciplinary action as Hughes believes the player's remarks in a television interview were taken out of context.

Record buy Robinho wants a radical change in the club's outlook and Hughes said: "Robinho is a big part of what we are doing here. He has had a huge impact and those comments are not going to change anybody's opinion of how he is doing."

He added: "We all know where we are at this time and we are working to get better on a daily basis. The players know what we are trying to do.

"We want to build a focus in the team and are trying to get stronger both in a physical and mental sense.

"While we are finding that a little bit difficult it is not through lack of effort or lack of will.

"It is something all the top four clubs have. But we are not at that point in our development. It will come, though, because as we get better that mentality will be more robust."

Robinho's comments follow an outburst by fellow Brazilian Elano, who complained publicly about not getting enough game time at City.

Elano's actions resulted in a fine but Hughes has no plans to hit Robinho in the pocket.

Hughes said: "I view this as a different matter because people have jumped on certain statements. They are trying to emphasise the negative part of it. I think it is a phrase from Robinho that has been taken out of context and it should be viewed as it was given at the time."

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