Mancini: I want Robinho to stay at Man City
New Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini wants record signing Robinho to remain at Eastlands. The 25-year-old Brazilian has blown hot and cold for City this season and has been linked with a move away from the club when the transfer window opens next month.
The £32.5 million acquisition from Real Madrid last week reportedly requested a meeting with Mancini to hear the Italian's plans for moving the club forward. And the former Inter Milan coach, who handed Robinho a start in his opening game at the helm against Stoke on Boxing Day before taking him off 20 minutes from time, appears keen to keep the player.
Mancini said: ''The important thing for me is that Robinho stays here because he can earn a place in the history of the club.
''I think Robinho played a good game because Stoke is a strong, physical side. It is not the kind of game Robinho would have preferred. But for me he can improve every game.
''I don't know him very well and he doesn't know me. Robinho is a great player and I want him to stay with us.''
Meanwhile, Craig Bellamy has ruled out a move away from the club and insists Mancini has his full support.
The Welsh striker has been linked with a move away from City, but he has dismissed claims that the exit of his countryman Mark Hughes will have any impact on his future at Eastlands.
He told the Daily Mirror: ''I want to stay and I am going to stay. I am committed to that. I am committed to Man City. I have bought into the idea of where Man City is going to go and I am a huge part of where it is at this stage.
''I have no problem with Mancini. It's not his problem he's here. What happened to Mark Hughes has got nothing to do with him.
''I hope Mancini will stay for a long time because I am from the mould of thinking stability is the key to success. I hope he gets a number of years to do it and, as long as I last, I will give my all for him.''