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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 thought to be keen to return to Brazil 

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.

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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.”


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