Real Madrid have admitted they are ready to pull the plug on Robinho’s move to Chelsea, despite the Premier League club claiming the deal was almost a formality.
The Brazilian’s proposed move to Stamford Bridge looked set for completition after Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon claimed a deal was imminent. However, Real sporting director Pedrag Mijatovic has intimated the player could yet stay in Spain.
“Robinho still two years left on his contract,” he is quoted as saying in the Daily Star.
“That being the case he is our player for the next two seasons so you can draw your own conclusions from that.
“In a healthy environment and in a team with a winning spirit there is no problem that cannot be sorted.”
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is convinced that Robinho possesses the pedigree to flourish at Stamford Bridge.
“He is a fantastic player, I saw a lot of him last season watching the Spanish games. He had a very good season until he got injured and it broke his season up a bit,” Lampard said on Chelsea’s official website.
“He has great flair, and something that would be nice to bring into our team. We have flair players already but he is another option and he could light up the league.
“He will have to get used to it because it is different to Spain, but he showed he is a world-class player both at Madrid and for Brazil, and world-class players adapt.”