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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug 23, 2008

Schuster picks Robinho for Supercopa squad

MADRID, August 23 (Supercopa) - Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster has included wantaway winger Robinho in his squad for Sunday's Supercopa clash with Valencia, but does not want speculation about the Brazilian's future to detract from the task in hand. Madrid go into the second leg match at the Bernabeu trailing 3-2 from the first meeting in Valencia, but much of the news in the build up to the match has centred around Robinho and whether he will be at the club next season. Robinho revealed on Friday that he wanted to leave the Primera Liga champions and move to Chelsea, while Madrid's response was to release a statement saying they would not keep any player against their will. Madrid president Ramon Calderon then spoke in detail about the situation, confirming Robinho could leave but vowing the club would not sell the player and suggesting the 24-year-old would have to buy out his contract to gain his freedom. However, despite Robinho's days at the Bernabeu appearing numbered, Schuster still included the mercurial Brazilian in an 18-man squad for the Valencia match. Inevitably, Schuster had to field a number of questions about Robinho during Saturday's pre-match press conference, but the German was reluctant to let minds wander too far away from Sunday's match. 'I'd prefer to talk about tomorrow's game, there is no discussion about Robinho. Robinho has been included in the squad because he is in perfect condition. I want to win the title tomorrow for Real Madrid,' said Schuster, who said he expected Robinho to stay at the club. 'I'm convinced that he will stay. Robinho has not told me he won't play tomorrow, he is an important player for us, and we've made that clear,' he added. 'I don't think we should over-dramatise it all, there are more important things for us right now.' For Schuster, the more important thing is seeing his side overturn their narrow defeat from the Mestalla and win the first piece of silverware of the Spanish season. 'We are playing at our stadium, in front of our fans and we have a great chance to win the title,' he said. 'We've analysed the first leg, when we made some mistakes, and we will have to change that.' Aside from Robinho, Schuster also included Pepe, Royston Drenthe and Marcelo in his squad, with the former back from suspension and the latter two available following their stints at the Olympics. Madrid will be without a number of players though, with Wesley Sneijder, Javier Saviola, Michel Salgado, Christoph Metzelder and Fabio Cannavaro all out injured, and Fernando Gago still to return to Spain following his successful Olympic Games campaign with Argentina. While in Robinho Madrid now look likely to lose a player they would prefer to keep, Valencia have been cheered by David Silva's decision to commit himself to Los Che. European champions Manchester United and Barcelona were both reportedly keen on the highly-rated Spain international, but the 22-year-old put pen-to-paper on an improved five-year contract with Valencia on Friday. 'Valencia have always been my first option, they have treated me very well,' said Silva. 'I am here and hope to be for many years.' Valencia coach Unai Emery has named an 18-man squad for the trip to the capital, with Nikola Zigic, Miguel Angel Angulo, David Navarro and Asier del Horno missing from the 22-man party for the first leg.

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