Robinho will not leave AC Milan for Santos in January, according to his father, although Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani has confirmed the player wants to move back to Brazil.
Santos have confirmed in recent days that they have submitted a formal offer to sign Robinho, with club president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro saying the 28-year-old has a clear wish to return.
However, Milan have apparently rejected a €5 million offer, and his father does not expect any deal to be reached.
“There’s no point in deceiving the (Santos) fans,” Gilvan de Souza told the UOL Esporte website. “I have to speak the truth: Robinho will not leave Milan.
“Milan have sold other attackers, so they won’t sell Robinho. There have been lots of stories saying Robinho will join clubs, but there is nothing. He is staying.
“He is happy, he is playing... he has no reason to leave. It is certain (that he will not play for Santos in 2013). He will not come.”
Galliani, though, appeared to pave the way for a potential transfer as he said the player was experiencing ‘saudade’ - a Portuguese term referring to a deep sense of nostalgic yearning.
“Milan don’t want to sell him,” he said in La Gazzetta dello Sport. “He does have some desire to return to Brazil - some saudade. There is an offer... we’ll see what happens.”