Robinho keen to stay at City after ending barren spell

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Robinho has revealed he intends to remain at Manchester City "for a long time to come". The former Real Madrid forward rediscovered his scoring touch on Sunday in the 4-2 victory against West Bromwich Albion. His 13th goal of the season – his first this year – ended a barren spell stretching back to 28 December.

Robinho has been the focus of speculation and criticism as his goals dried up and questions were raised about his performances away from home. Only two of his goals have come on the road – at Newcastle and Blackburn.

As City prepare to travel to the FA Cup finalists Everton on Saturday, the Brazilian has insisted he enjoys working with the club's manager, Mark Hughes, and has no intention of leaving Eastlands.

"Expectations are high about how the team will do but my aim is to remain here for a long time to come," Robinho said. "The manager gives me total confidence and the team help me to produce my best football. That goal gives me a lot more confidence to score in the matches left.

"There are no regrets about coming here. This is only my first year, and I try to get better and better every year. Hopefully, in the future I will be even happier at this club."

Hughes stated after the victory against West Bromwich that Robinho was having "a great season" and was "a joy to watch". The £32.5m signing added: "My relationship with the manager is very good. He is a very good manager, an excellent manager."