Robinho in City nightmare

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Robinho’s future is on a knife-edge after flying back to Brazil without permission from Manchester City to leave the club's training camp in Tenerife.

The Brazilian star stormed out after a disagreement with manager Mark Hughes who went back on a promise to let him go home to Brazil to celebrate his 25th birthday with his family. Instead he was forced to join the squad on the training camp in Tenerife.

On Monday evening, he left the team hotel in a taxi bound for the airport and arrived in Santos yesterday, while City chief executive Garry Cook announced he had "breached of club discipline."

"Robinho left Tenerife yesterday and I’m sure Mark will be very disappointed," said Cook to The Daily Telegraph.

"Mark has some clear guardrails around the discipline of footballers and the roles they play. If he has broken those then we will manage that internally.

"No one player is bigger then the club and no one person is bigger than the club. This club has more history and heritage than one person."

It has been claimed that the £32.5 million striker is gutted by City's failure to land his compatriot Kaká from AC Milan and has lost faith in the club’s ability to deliver promises made to him.

A close friend of Robinho told The Sun: "When Robinho signed for City, and in the weeks immediately afterwards, he was told the club would sign big-name players including one of the best in the world.

"Kaká was always the name they spoke of and Robinho agreed to assist in any way he could to help the project.

"The signing of Kaká would have made the world take notice and respect Manchester City.

"And it would also have legitimized Robinho’s decision to be here with a future where he could fight for titles alongside Kaká. Now the whole thing is a mess."

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