My heart is with Santos - Robinho

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Brazilian star Robinho is seething at Manchester City's insistence that he must return to England although the forward has made it clear that he wants to stay at Santos.

Robinho's six-month loan from City ended in style on Wednesday by helping Santos win the Copa do Brasil.

The Brazil international has thrived at his old club after falling out of favour at City under Roberto Mancini.

However, City have order his return in a bid to sort out his future and the former Real Madrid ace now plans to hold talks with the Eastlands club to try and win a return to Santos.

Robinho told Globo TV: "I'm going to ask Manchester City to let me stay at Santos.

"This club has only brought me joy so far. I won two Brazilian championships [in 2002 and 2004] here before and now we've won the Copa do Brasil.

"I have to talk to Manchester City about what will happen with me in the future. I have a contract with them and that has to be respected.

"My heart is with Santos, but if Manchester City don't want me to stay here, I have to respect that."

Meanwhile, Santos president remains hopeful that Robinho will return to Brazil despite the fact that City have no desire to see the player go out on loan while paying his £160,000-a-week wages.

"City have told us they don't want to loan him out again but Robinho will go back and talk to their board," said Luis Álvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro.

"No one plays where one doesn't want to and I still believe we can persuade Manchester City to loan him for a little longer.

"We agreed a free loan at the start of the year and we want the same conditions now, whereby we pay his wages. That would be good for Brazilian football, for Robinho and for Manchester City themselves because it would keep the value of the player.

"I will fight for Robinho just as the players fought on the pitch, up to the limit of our possibilities."

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