Robinho’s move to Real Madrid has been rejected by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).

“We are informing you that it is impossible for us to send the International Transfer Certificate for Santos player Robinho,” CBF general secretary Marco Antonio Teixeira wrote in a fax to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).

“Santos will not accept the transfer without full payment of the buy-out clause in the contract which is legally binding under Brazilian law, and which is fixed at $50 million.”

Last week, Real offered to pay Santos $30 million, which accounted for 60 percent of the buy-out clause, with the player himself agreeing to waive the 40 percent to which he was entitled.

“It’s what we were expecting,” Real’s head of media and communications Antonio Garcia Ferreras said from Thailand, where the team are on tour.

“But I’m convinced that the deal will go through and that Robinho will definitely be included in the squad when we go to pre-season training in Austria.”