ROBINHO INVOLVED?

Robinho went from being praised as the next Pele to a player that is fortunate if he is just able to get a place into the starting lineup of any club he joins. This was the case when he played for Manchester City a few years ago and now that he is an Ac.Milan player things aren’t very different.

After not being able to perform at the same level of what his expectations were, he was offloaded from Manchester City to Ac.Milan with a price tag of £15 million and now with Clarence Seedorf in charge of the Italian club, Robinho has not secured a spot in the starting lineup of the new coach.

Rumors started spreading around since last season regarding the future of the Brazilian player as he has already stated that he would like to make a move back to his childhood club Santos and finish the last few years of his career in Brazil.

Atletico Clash Will Be Missed By Robinho

The star player of AC Milan- Robinho will unfortunately miss the UEFA Champions League match against Atletico Madrid which is going to take place next week because he has sustained a thigh injury.

Robinho suffered through a thigh knock during a Serie A match between AC Milan and Napoli on the 8th of February, 2014 at San Paolo. After Robinho got injured, Kaka replaced him during the 2nd half of the football match. However, AC Milan embarrassingly lost the match against Napoli.

Clarence Seedorf (coach of AC Milan) might have to work without Robinho’s services this time in the match between Bologna and AC Milan which is going to be held on the 14th of February, 2014. Along with that, there is a high possibility that Robinho will miss the much awaited clash between Atletico Madrid and AC Milan at the Champions League on 19th of February, 2014.

MONACO MOVE?

French giants Monaco has been a lot of interest in signing AC Milan forward Robinho, who has been looking for a move away from the club for the last few months. He has been heavily linked with a move away from the San Siro in the January transfer window.

Santos were really interested in him during the summer, but talks between the Brazilian and the Italian outfits did not progress sufficiently in order for the transfer to take place. Robinho has ended up staying at Milan, who have endured a terrible run of form in the first half of the season.

This led to the sacking of Massimiliano Allegri, who has been replaced by Clarence Seedorf a few weeks ago. The former Milan midfielder has returned to the club with his first managerial, but it could see the departure of Robinho. The former Manchester city man has been made as the number one transfer target for Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri, who has seen enough of Robinho during his time at Inter Milan.

VELA BACKS CHICHA MOVE

Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela has said that Mexican international Javier Hernandez should follow his example and consider leaving Manchester United in January or in the summer. Carlos Vela made his name at Arsenal, but he found first-team opportunities limited at the Premier league outfit.

Hence, after spending a few seasons on loan at various levels, he decided to make the loan move to Real Sociedad permanent. This has proven to be a great decision for the player, as he has been able to get regular first-team football and retain his place in the Mexican national team.

Hernandez is currently struggling with a similar situation at United. Even though he is extremely good and has a great goal record at United, he has constantly been preferred to the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie up front. Even the youngster Danny Welbeck is ahead of him in the pecking order.

ALLEGRI UNDER PRESSURE

The future of AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has been speculated a lot in the last one year. It has been recently reported that the manager may offer his resignation even though this season is only a few matches old. He is thought to have fallen out with the higher-level officials at Milan over several issues like finances and budget. Allegri, though, has rejected any rumours by confirming that he will be a Milan manager going into the Champions league campaign.

The group stages of the Champions league will see Milan competing against usual contenders like Barcelona, Ajax, and Celtic. This is one of the toughest groups in this year's competition. Milan managed to qualify for the group stages after a convincing 4-1 victory on aggregate over Dutch club PSV Eindhoven. They came into the second leg match after a 1-1 draw in the first leg, but the performance in Milan was great. Milan scored three goals and won the match 3-0.

ROBINHO AGREES DEAL

Just ahead of the new season, AC Milan have received a major boost with regard to the future of Robinho, as the forward has agreed to a new contract with the club.

The Brazil international has been linked with a move away from the club for the last few weeks. He had only 12 months left on his contract, which only signalled a departure from the San Siro. His former club Santos have been heavily linked with the striker. They are looking to replace Neymar, who has been sold to Barcelona for £ 48 million. However, Santos have been unable to agree fee with Milan for the transfer of Robinho.

BRAZIL RETURN?

AC Milan forward Robinho has long been linked with a return to Brazilian football after growing extremely frustrated about life in Europe. The striker, who has played for the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester city, has long been linked with a return to Brazil with Santos. Santos were his former club before he moved to European football with Real Madrid in 2005. However, it looks like Santos will not be able to sign the striker due to the transfer fee demands of AC Milan, who are willing to let him leave on cheap.

La Liga betting

This season’s La Liga title has been remarkably one sided, as Barcelona have assumed a commanding lead over their rivals at the top of the table, which sees the betting for the league switch instead to who will finish second. Realistically it would seem to be a clear fight between the two Madrid sides – Real and Atletico – and there are currently only two points separating them, making it ideal for betting fans. The closeness also makes it hard to call though, so are there any tips to help choose the best side to bet on?

Well looking at the comparative strengths of the two sides, it would seem to be clear that Real have the stronger side – including match winning individuals like Cristiano Ronaldo. This ensures that, despite being behind Atletico at the moment, Real are still the odds-on favourites to finish second.

ROBINHO HAPPY IN MILAN

Dispelling rumours that the Brazilian striker Robinho is unhappy at the club, the AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has said that the Brazilian would leave the club only if it was to the Brazilian club Santos. Robinho started his career with the Brazilian club Santos before moving on to play for the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester city before eventually arriving at the San Siro. AC Milan have been selling a number of the established players over the last few years due to financial difficulties. The club only recently sold the Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato during the January transfer window, with Robinho expected to follow suit.

However, the former Manchester City striker ended up staying at San Siro, and Galliani has said that the striker is extremely happy at the club. The 29-year-old has managed to make just 16 appearances in all competitions this season. He has been affected by several problems like injuries and poor form over the course of the campaign. The arrival of the Italian international Mario Balotelli will only serve to decrease the first-team opportunities for Robinho, but the striker will leave the club only if it was for Santos. Robinho's contract with the Italian club comes to an end in just over 12 months.

"Robinho is feeling very good at Milan. He turned down a number of Brazilian teams because Santos are the only option for him if he returns to Brazil. However, Santos did not reach an agreement with Milan and with the player for several reasons. And we are happy to have him with us," said the AC Milan CEO. After struggling during the first half of the season, Milan have been almost unstoppable recently. As a result, they have climbed into the top three positions of the Italian Serie A table that will enable them to play in the Champions League next season.

BRAZILIANS OUT

The AC Milan Chief executive Adriano Galliani has said that the Brazilian players Alexandre Pato and Robinho have likely to leave the club in the January transfer window. He has confirmed that he has met with officials from the Brazilian club Corinthians over the possibility of selling these two players.

It has been long rumoured that the former Real Madrid and Manchester city striker Robinho will be looking for a move away from the club once the transfer window reopens because he has stayed away from his home country for too long. Robinho came to European football back in 2005 and has not played in his home country since then.

Meanwhile, Pato is of the opinion that returning to Brazil will finally help him bring back the confidence and recover from the injury problems he has suffered numerous occasions in the past. Pato was once regarded as the next big thing to come from Brazilian football. He was even awarded the famous No.7 shirt by the club upon his arrival. However, a succession of injury problems have taken the edge out of his game and the club are believed to be interested in the possibility of discussing a transfer offer for him. They have apparently received a € 15 million offer from Corinthians.

“It’s a bit of a sad Christmas, but a defeat can happen and the game with Roma was rather unusual. Pato and Robinho? We’ll see how these two negotiations go. The lads want to go home to their own country. Which of the two is the simplest deal to work out? Nothing is ever simple. It’s difficult, above all in economic terms. We’ll see," said the AC Milan Chief executive Adriano Galliani. It remains to be seen if the club will be willing to invest the money back into the squad.

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