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Robinho "90 per cent certain" to join Santos

Manchester City's unsettled Brazilian striker Robinho has said he is 90 percent sure of joining his former club Santos.
By HT Correspondent | Reuters, London
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2010 11:22 PM IST

Manchester City's unsettled Brazilian striker Robinho has said he is 90 percent sure of joining his former club Santos.

Robinho, who signed for City from Real Madrid in 2008 for a British record 32 million pounds, scored on Sunday in a 4-2 FA Cup win at Scunthorpe United but the 26-year-old had earlier said it would be "exceptional" to return to Santos.

"It's all on the right track. It's 90 percent certain to happen," Robinho was quoted as telling Brazilian television network Globo. "Santos want a year but City want just six months. In two or three days, it should all be sealed."

Robinho struggled to make an impression at City under former manager Mark Hughes but Roberto Mancini, who joined the club in December, said he was keen for him to stay.

"Hopefully, in the end Robinho will stay here but it is important he will stay here, be happy and enjoy it," Mancini said. "He is a very good player. I think he is enjoying Manchester."

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