Hughes: Robinho staying at City

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Mark Hughes insists Robinho's future still lies with Manchester City.

Champions League winners Barcelona would appear to be the most likely destination for a player who has never given the impression of being entirely settled since his British record £32.5million move from Real Madrid in August last year.

However, Hughes has ruled such a transfer out, insisting the 25-year-old remains a big part of his plans. "I am quite clear and Robinho should be quite clear that his future is very much with City," said Hughes.

"There is no reason to think that will change any time soon.

"All those stories do not originate from anyone from City.

"It is people on the outside taking a view on the situation with Robinho which they have no real insight into."

In fact, Hughes is convinced part of the problem is Robinho's non activity.

If the South American had been playing, discussion of his performances would have helped fill a void. Instead, the space has been filled by discussion over his future.

"At the moment Robinho is not fit," said Hughes. "But people still want to talk about him because he is a high-profile player.

"They have not had the opportunity to talk about him play on the pitch. From their point of view the next best thing is to speculate about his future and there are a number of people out there who are making mischief."

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