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Real say Robinho is not for sale

Robinho
Robinho played a key role as Real won the Spanish title last season

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon is adamant that Chelsea target Robinho will not be leaving the Bernabeu.

Chelsea made a 19.7m bid for Robinho, 24, on Thursday and he is believed to be keen to join fellow Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari at Stamford Bridge.

But Calderon told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Definitely, he is going to stay with us. The coach (Bernd Schuster) has said he wants him in our team.

"We don't see any possibility of Robinho leaving Real Madrid."

BBC Sport revealed in July that the Blues were monitoring Robinho, although media reports that they had made a 48m bid were wide of the mark.

Chelsea confirmed on Thursday that they have made a formal offer for the former Santos star.

"We know that Chelsea are interested in signing him," Calderon added.

606: DEBATE

"I don't mind that other clubs try to sign our players - it's normal, we have very good players. Anyone would like to have one of them for sale.

"But Robinho wants to be with us. He is one of the best players we have in our team and we need him for next season."

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon said on 3 August that, although talks with Real had stalled, he remains hopeful that a deal for Robinho would go through.

Kenyon believes Madrid's eagerness to secure a replacement is the only factor preventing him from moving to Stamford Bridge.

"A key issue over buying Robinho has always been that Real are looking for a replacement," he told his club's website.

"It is fair to say that is what has been holding up discussions."

Scolari, who took over as Chelsea boss in July, is currently working on bringing in new faces ahead of his first Premier League campaign.

Robinho has previously stated: "It would be a dream for me to work with Luiz Felipe Scolari, who is one of the best coaches in the world.

"I have always spoken highly of him and he has always spoken very highly of me, since well before he was at Chelsea.

"In 2003, when I was unknown in Europe, he called me to play in a charity match. It was brief but it was enough for me to see his style and character."

And Robinho's agent, Wagner Ribeiro, was reported as saying in Spain: "Madrid have failed to value him as he deserves and I do not like the fact that they tried to include him in the Ronaldo deal. Money is not the problem for us now.

"What matters for Robinho is to leave the club and play for Scolari at Chelsea."

Ribeiro also told Spanish newspaper Marca from Bogota, where Real are currently on tour: "Robinho is very angry with the way the Madrid bosses are dealing with him.

"He calls me every day to know whether anyone has spoken to me about his future, and I always have to tell him that no one has called.

"I have been trying to speak with someone from the club for three days. Robinho does not understand what is going on."


see also
Makelele leaves Chelsea for PSG
21 Jul 08 |  Europe
Cech signs new Chelsea contract
21 Jul 08 |  Chelsea
Drogba campaign amuses Marseille
14 Jul 08 |  African
Villa complete Sidwell transfer
10 Jul 08 |  Aston Villa
Tim Vickery column
13 Jul 08 |  Football
Chelsea insist Lampard will stay
10 Jul 08 |  Chelsea
Robinho linked with Chelsea move
01 Jul 08 |  Chelsea
Scolari named as Chelsea manager
11 Jun 08 |  Chelsea


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