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Robinho will not force Barca move

Robinho cost City 32.5m when he signed from Real Madrid in 2008

Manchester City's Brazilian forward Robinho is pleased about being linked with a move to Barcelona but insists he is not engineering a return to La Liga.

There has been speculation Barca will try to sign Robinho in January.

And the former Real Madrid star, 25, told Brazilian radio station Radio Bandeirantes: "I'm very happy about the interest that Barcelona have in me."

But he added: "I'm not forcing a hypothetical exit from England and nor do I have problems with my coach."

Robinho joined City from Real in August 2008 for a British record £32.5m, but has been closely linked with a move to Barcelona since the summer.

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He has often spoken of his admiration of Barcelona and explained that, by playing for Pep Guardiola's side, he would have a better chance of realising his ambition of becoming the greatest player on the planet.

Robinho added: "Playing in the Nou Camp it is much easier to be the best player in the world than at City."

The Brazil international is currently sidelined with an ankle injury and, on 22 October, City manager Mark Hughes revealed he may not return until his side face Liverpool on 21 November.

At the same time, Hughes played down reports of Barca's interest, saying: "Nothing has changed in respect of Robi. He won't be leaving us, and that's the top and bottom of it."

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Hughes hopeful of Robinho return
11 Nov 09 |  Man City
Robinho wants to stay at Man City
22 Apr 09 |  Man City
Robinho aims for title with City
02 Sep 08 |  Man City

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