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Sep 2, 2008

Hughes hails 'statement of intent' by City

Manchester City sealed the British record transfer of Robinho from Real Madrid late on Monday night with manager Mark Hughes describing the amazing signing as 'a huge statement of intent'.

The Blues managed to steal the limelight from rivals Manchester United's successful pursuit of Dimitar Berbatov with the capture of the Brazil forward in a deal understood to be worth around £32million after the club moved close to a takeover by the Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment.

Hughes told Sky Sports News: 'It's been one hell of a day.

'It's a huge statement of intent. A lot of credit has got to go to Dr Thaksin (Shinawatra, the club's current chairman and owner) for being able to bring the Abu Dhabi company to the table and this huge investment that is going to go forward.

'They wanted to present something to the people of Manchester and they have been able to do that.

'It's a fantastic signing for us. If we're going to get to the places we want to get to we are going to have to compete against outstanding teams. We have to attract world-class players and that is what we have done.

'He is an exceptional talent and opposition teams are going to fear him.'

Robinho's move to Eastlands will have stunned Chelsea, who remained confident of signing the Brazilian as late as yesterday evening.

A Chelsea spokesperson said: 'We were unable to agree terms with the club (Real) as we were not going to pay the 40million euro asking price.'

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