Santos president Marcelo Teixeira is adamant that Robinho will not be leaving the club before July 2005.

The 20-year-old has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks with a host of European clubs reported to be chasing his signature.

Benfica, Chelsea and PSV Eindhoven have all revealed an interest in the young forward, and in recent days Real Madrid were reported to be close to sealing a deal to bring him to the Bernabeu in January.

However, speaking at a press conference at which Robinho was discussing about the kidnap of his mother, Teixeira insisted the player would be staying for the time being.

“I guarantee that Robinho will stay at Santos until July 2005,” he declared.

“There isn’t any pre-contract with Benfica, PSV, Real Madrid or any other team.

“I know that I have said in the past that I was going to sell Robinho after the World Cup in 2006 but each day it’s getting more difficult to keep him here because many European clubs want him.

“I can’t cut his career so we will negotiate for him after July 2005 – not now.”

In a brief press conference yesterday, Robinho begged reporters outside his mother’s apartment to respect his family’s privacy.

He added: “I hope this ends well, with my mum returning and me playing football.”