Robinho coy over Flamengo interest
Robinho has insisted he is happy at AC Milan but suggested he would consider a move to Flamengo.
Robinho is contracted to Milan until 2014, but there have been strong indications that the Brazilian has his heart set on a return to his homeland.
Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani acknowledged in December that the player “has some desire to return to Brazil, some saudade” - a Portuguese term referring to nostalgic yearning - and recent reports in the Brazilian press have claimed the 29-year-old has told his friends he wants to join Flamengo.
Robinho, who began his career with Santos and returned for a loan spell ahead of the 2010 World Cup, said he was not seeking a move away from the San Siro but did not rule out a transfer.
“I have great respect for Flamengo, but I have a contract with Milan,” he told the Rio edition of the MAIS newspaper. “I’m happy at Milan, but if something came up that interested me then great.”
Eduardo Uram, a businessman who claims to be involved in negotiations to take Robinho to the club, told the Brazilian media that the interest was “concrete” and added: “He (Robinho) told me he will play for Flamengo, either now or later in his career.”
Despite the claims, Flamengo director of football Paulo Pelaipe recently insisted a deal for Robinho was not viable given the club’s precarious finances.
“We are not negotiating with Robinho,” he said. “Our vice-president, Wallim (Vasconcelos), already said in December that Flamengo will not do anything crazy. We cannot afford the player.”