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Word of his prowess grew on the web, where football fantasies are fed

Manchester City target centre-back in January

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has confirmed he will target a centre-back in the January transfer window after losing Joleon Lescott for up to two months before last night's defeat to Tottenham.

Hughes feels heat as City are exposed by Kranjcar

Spurs make up ground on elite with convincing 3-0 win over woeful opponents at White Hart Lane

Hungry Spurs state top-table intentions

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Bellamy falls for Clattenburg's work ethic

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Hughes expects Robinho to stay at Manchester City

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

Robinho rouses City for tilt at top

Robinho has urged his Manchester City team-mates to aim high as they seek to revive their season. The £32.5m British record signing has recovered from the ankle injury that sidelined him for almost three months and was part of the City side that beat the Premier League leaders Chelsea last Saturday.

Hughes haunted by lack of wins and spectre of Hiddink

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Bullard puts finger on City's problems

Manchester City 1 Hull City 1: Hull penalty condemns Hughes' men to a record seventh successive draw despite return of Robinho to powerful attack

Football in brief: Hammers in no hurry to recall Dyer despite relegation worries

West Ham United: Manager Gianfranco Zola will not rush Kieron Dyer back into the first team, despite the club's poor form. The midfielder, out since September with a hamstring injury, has started only four games since joining from Newcastle in August 2007.

Petrov puts back his return after knee injury halts fine run of form

Manchester City winger Martin Petrov has already ruled himself out of Saturday's Premier League encounter with Hull.

Brazil: The most glorious time warp in sport

No team in history have spun beauty and style into a glorious winning discipline quite like the South Americans - and the modern team still carry the flame. As he watches them train, James Lawton sees why Capello's men face the ultimate challenge tonight

Brazil demand respect from Manchester City in Robinho row

Brazil's verbal sparring with Manchester City over Robinho continued tonight with the national team manager Dunga suggesting that the club should show greater respect. The player himself said it was in his best interests to be here, even though he is not fit to play against England tomorrow.

Robinho ruled out of England game

Brazil forward Robinho will not play in tomorrow's friendly against England in Doha as he continues his recovery following an ankle injury.

Barry wants Robinho to stay at Manchester City

Gareth Barry has urged Brazilian star Robinho to stay at Manchester City, and claimed: "Any team in the world would welcome him."

More bad news for City from Robinho

Robinho was last night at the centre of another of the controversies which have bedevilled Manchester City's trip to Abu Dhabi, as Brazil declared they may play him in one or both of the nation's internationals, against the club's express wishes.

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