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Robinho linked with Chelsea move

Robinho could join Portugal star Deco at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea appear to have moved a step closer to signing Robinho after his agent claimed to have held talks with Blues sporting director Frank Arnesen.

Luiz Felipe Scolari has been strongly linked with the Real Madrid striker, 24, since taking over as Chelsea boss.

"It is true Chelsea are interested," Robinho's representative Vagner Ribeiro told Spanish sports daily AS.

"I met with Arnesen in London and he confirmed to me that Chelsea wanted my player for next season."

Brazil star Robinho played an important role in Real's league success last season, scoring 11 goals in 32 games.


He is keen to stay at the club but they reportedly want to sell him to help fund the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United.

"Neither Robinho nor I like the fact that Real Madrid can use him as part exchange in their bid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo," said Ribeiro.

"We don't like this attitude and we want Madrid to start valuing Robinho because at the moment they're not.

"Robinho's priority is to continue at Real Madrid, but he cannot stay in a place in which they don't recognise his talent and at the moment Real Madrid are not doing that and I'm not talking about money.

"I'm referring to the fact that they are undervaluing him in comparison to Cristiano Ronaldo."

see also
Mourinho plays down Lampard talk
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