Robinho: "City can be as big as Real"
Tuesday 18 November 2008
Robinho insists Manchester City can become one of the best clubs in the world and has set his sights on winning silverware in his first season at Eastlands.
The £32.5million Brazilian star has settled well to life in the Barclays Premier League, scoring seven goals since his arrival on transfer deadline day, and has lofty ambitions for both himself and his new team.
Mark Hughes' troops have nevertheless been a disappointment so far this season, winning just four times in 13 games to sit 12th in the English top flight, well below the aspirations of the club's new owners, the Abu Dhabi United Group.
But the 24-year-old Robinho is remaining upbeat about his new life in Manchester.
He said: "I have great ambitions for the team and myself. I want to be the best player in the world and for City to be one of the best teams.
"The rest of the players and myself admire the ambitions of the owners of this club.
"We all want to strive to make it one of the best in the world. I like the way the game is played here. You still get great goals and great movement.
"It is a physical game here in England but I can cope with it.
"I am adapting well to life here. I get on well with my team-mates, they are good players, and I am learning the language.
"I am in a very good phase and hope this will continue. The best form of my career? Maybe."
While City's league form might leave something to be desired, their exploits in Europe have been more encouraging, and reaching the group stages of the UEFA Cup raised hopes of a successful season at Eastlands.
A win against Steve McClaren's FC Twente in their opening Group A game has further boosted confidence in the camp, and Robinho believes there is quality enough within the camp to go all the way to the final - and to one day become as big as his former employers Real Madrid.
"We can win the UEFA Cup, it is one of our targets for this season," he said.
"We know we are a side that is developing and growing but we also know we are capable of great things when we play well.
"I want to stay here for many years and make history at City and become one of the great heroes. Doing well in the UEFA Cup would be a great start.
"I came to Manchester City because I see them growing and getting bigger. Can they be as big as Real Madrid? Yes, I hope so."
Justin Bieber was one of the hardest hit
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga