Robinho signs for Manchester City as Madrid and Arabs shaft Chelsea

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says the club have agreed to sell Brazilian Robinho to Manchester City.

Calderon (speaking to Spanish TV):

“We have agreed to sell the player for human reasons, and for footballing reasons and for an important quantity of money.

The fact the player accepted the offer from City proves he isn’t moving for sporting reasons. Every time I have spoken with him he was very sad, crying and asking to leave Spain.”

The deal is believed to be worth £32.5m – and if you’ve followed Robinho’s work in the last few days you’ll know that he’s going to slag off Real Madrid once he’s settled in at the Eastlands.

But this shouldn’t be about Madrid or Chelsea or anyone else. This is a fabulous moment for Manchester City fans – they’ve got committed owners at the helm and unlike the Ronaldinho move, they’ve actually bagged a box-office superstar to play for them.

If Robinho and SWP linking up with Jo up front and Richards, Corluka, Kompany and Dunne at the back doesn’t get you fired up about City’s chances, then wait for January when more signings come in.

The game has changed, ladies and gentlemen. It’s going to be a wild ride… at least till the next game of football.

Mark Hughes:

“I am absolutely delighted to get the opportunity to work with such an incredible talent like Robinho. I have said that in order to compete with the best teams in the Premier League we have to be in the market for players of this calibre, and Robinho is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world.”