City boss expects Robinho to stay

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Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has no doubts at all that Robinho sees his future at Eastlands.

The Brazil forward made it clear in a television interview he is staying put, maybe for five or 10 years. Robinho's comments, though, have come as no surprise to Hughes, who continues to dismiss speculation linking the player with a move to Barcelona.

Hughes said: "I know Robi's feelings. He is very happy around the place and with life in Manchester. He always has a smile on his face."

He added: "He is playing alongside good players in a good team. He knows he can be successful with the club and the players that are here already. He likes the way we play and wants to be a part of that.

"Robi was frustrated earlier in the season because he wasn't playing. Now he is playing perhaps people will start speaking about his performances."

Robinho has returned to full fitness after a three-month absence because of an ankle injury.

He is looking to retain his place in the team tomorrow against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium after helping City defeat league leaders Chelsea last weekend.

Hughes believes Robinho's knack of tricking the opposition will play a crucial role in the club's bid for a top four slot.

"We have a lot of players who have the ability to produce something out of nothing, " said the City boss.

"You need that if you have the ambition to be a top team.

"There are going to be occasions where you don't play particularly well and those type of players can win you games. They make their reputations by doing something out of the ordinary and certainly Robi is one of those type of players."

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