Manchester City manager Mark Hughes insists there is “no chance” Robinho will leave Eastlands in January.
Barcelona have confirmed their interest in signing Robinho, and the former Real Madrid man has been admitted in recent weeks that he would welcome the move.
However, although Hughes admits he did have to contend with disciplinary problems with the Brazilian last season, he feels he is now in complete control.
“Last year, there were occasions when I compromised my own standards and values and that didn’t sit comfortably with me so I knew it wouldn’t continue,” he told the Daily Mirror.
“Little details involving disciplinary indiscretions become big problems if you don’t address them but in the short term, I couldn’t do anything about it. It was the wrong time. The benefit of addressing those little details at that time would have caused problems.
“Instead of solving problems, they would have created bigger problems. That was why at times I let things go. Not to my comfort, I have to say, but I knew there would be a time last summer where any of those issues created by certain people would be addressed because those people would leave.
“Managing a football club is about building a culture. I would suggest a lot of other managers don’t get involved in trying to build a mentality but I don’t think you can be successful without it. It is about trying to get a work ethic and a way of thinking that enables you to be successful as a group.
“If you have too many pulling in the wrong direction, you have to cut them off. My values won’t be compromised in the future because we are in a different place now.”
Yet, despite the rumours that Robinho will be the next to leave, Hughes insists the player will remain at Eastlands. Asked if he would be sold in January, Hughes replied: “No chance.”