The Brazil sensation Robinho has lifted the lid on why he made his record-breaking £32.5million move to Manchester City.
It was after Real Madrid snubbed Chelsea because they started selling replica shirts with his name on BEFORE he had signed.
The stunning move for Robinho shocked the world of soccer and was the launchpad for the Qatari empire’s acquisition of Premier League City in 2008. But the little Brazilian maestro had set his heart on a move to London.
Everything was agreed on the deal but before it was completed the Blues printed off Chelsea shirts with Robinho’s name emblazoned on them in preparation for selling tens of thousands in their store.
This angered the Spanish giants.
Robinho, 36, revealed in an interview with Spanish media outlet Marca: “My goal was to go to Chelsea. But Real Madrid ended badly with them.
“They didn’t like Chelsea selling shirts with my name on them before the deal was concluded. “I don’t regret leaving Madrid. But I’m sorry I made a mistake with them when I left. “Madrid was the club that opened my doors and offered me the opportunity to conquer Europe.
“I lacked the maturity and the ability to stop, think with a mind and consider the consequences before making decisions. “Only age and experience can give you this.”