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Hughes: Robinho going nowhere

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes insisted Robinho has a long-term future at Eastlands after speculation linking him with a move away from the club.

The Brazilian forward, currently sidelined with a stress fracture of the ankle, has been linked with a move to Barcelona. However, Hughes is intent on hanging on to £32.5million buy from Real Madrid.

"There is always speculation and noise surrounding Robinho," Hughes said. "That has been the case since he came to the club. He is a great guy. We are not in the process of taking outstanding players out of the team.

"We want to complement the outstanding players at the club. We are looking to build, not dismantle.''

Robinho will again be sidelined for the Barclays Premier League match against Wigan on Sunday at the DW Stadium. But he could make his comeback in the Carling Cup match against Scunthorpe in a fortnight.

Hughes said Robinho is anxious to return and added: "The only frustration he has at the moment is that he is not fit and well. I hope that will be resolved in the next week to 10 days, and he will be back on the pitch.''

The Manchester City boss was also keen to point out that he is not operating a rotating door policy at Eastlands and insisted the transfer merry-go-round of the summer months will not be repeated in January. "What people must understand is that our business in the last window was unprecedented," Hughes said. "That will not happen again. This notion that we will throw money at whatever player, that is not the case.

"We do not feel we need to go into the market to the extent we did in the last two windows. It about looking at players for areas of the team that still need strengthening. Those are the ones we will target. It will not be wholesale comings and goings, I can assure you of that.''

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