City must show us respect - Dunga

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Brazilian coach Dunga has slammed Manchester City's attitude to the five-time world champions in the simmering row over Robinho's involvement for Saturday night's game with England in Qatar.

Robinho travelled from City's training camp in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday evening with club doctor Jamie Butler to have his ankle injury assessed by the Brazilian medical staff in Doha. City boss Mark Hughes anticipated Robinho travelling back on Thursday but only Butler returned, leaving Robinho training with his international team-mates.

"People need to know we are the five-time world champions. It is Brazil we are talking about," said Dunga. "They (Manchester City) have got to have respect for us. They just can't come to the team hotel and try and take the player away."

Robinho eventually ruled himself out of the game with Fabio Capello's side on Friday, but not Tuesday's international with Oman.

That takes place just four days before City meet Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League clash at Anfield.

"There is a hierarchy here that needs to be respected," he added. "We brought Robinho here so the doctors can be near to him and they are famous for getting the players fit quickly."

Robinho is keen not to become involved in any club versus country row, but insists he is happy with City.

"I am so happy with my club. People talk a lot but the truth is I'm trying to be happy to play again," he said. "It is important that I do a good job for my club so I can play for my country.

"My club pays me but I always want to be with the national team when they meet up and I don't want a problem with my club or the national team.

"My obligation is to be here and it's supported by FIFA. The people who need to understand each other are the Brazil national team and the club, not the player. When I am with Brazil it is like being back at home and being with your family. I don't want to be in the middle of any problems with anybody."

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