Robinho thinks big

Published Add your comment

Football News

Brazilian superstar Kaka heads Robinho's January transfer wish-list for Manchester City.

Manager Mark Hughes is preparing to spend big next month as he gets the first real chance to dip into the vast wealth of City's new Abu Dhabi-based owners and it is Kaka that Robinho feels Hughes should break the bank for.

"We have good players but if the club wants to be big, we have to sign more," Robinho told Setanta Sports' Football Matters programme. "Who would I sign? If I could choose it would be Kaka and Ronaldo."

Roque Santa Cruz and Lassana Diarra are two players almost certain to end up at Eastlands, but Robinho, captured on transfer deadline day for a British record £32.5million fee, is urging Hughes to think big.

However, Robinho accepts a more pragmatic response may be needed from the City hierarchy at present.

Defeats to Chelsea, Liverpool and, on Sunday, Manchester United, all on home soil, suggest City are a long way from the stated desire of challenging for major honours on the domestic front. And, as Robinho points out, the foundations must be laid first.

"When you build a house you have to start from the floor," he said. "You have to start from the bottom, the defence, and then you fix the attack."

With more new blood should come greater improvement in City's mental strength.

For Robinho has detected a major problem in that department which, without substantial improvement, could cost Hughes' team any chance of competing at the highest level.

"City have good players but the mentality of a small side," said the former Real Madrid star. "They are content with just finishing fifth or sixth. They are content with little, thinking just a draw might be good enough. They lack the mentality of champions."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2008, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Manchester City
Mark Hughes
Premier League
Roque Santa Cruz
Manchester United
Mark Hughes
Lassana Diarra

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again