Robinho is a liar. He doesn’t want to play for Chelsea. He wants to leave Real Madrid because he thinks he’s never going to get the money and the respect that he feels he deserves. Chelsea are just the richest club to have come along and offer him a spot. If Liverpool had the money or United had the need they’d have gone for him, and we’d now be hearing about how much Robinho wants to play for the team in red.
Since it’s about the money (and not some childhood dream to play for Chelsea who weren’t exactly setting the world alight 10 years ago), the question is this – are Madrid being unfair or is Robinho just an ungrateful git?
In my view Madrid cocked this up badly by letting the ‘Robinho for Ronaldo’ stories do the rounds and not offering Robinho a better contract when players like Sneijder, van Nistelrooy and even Van der Vaart are getting much higher wages than him. I wouldn’t say that Robinho is better than any of those 3 but on current ability he deserves to earn something similar to them, don’t you think?
But it’s not so easy – as Madrid are finding out, if you promise a player money and love he’ll try anything to come to you. In fact, Madrid are now complaining about Chelsea in an official statement that is so desperately worded that it makes you pity them:
“The club refers to an earlier statement on this matter, when it said if the player’s final decision was to unilaterally rescind his contract, we would have no option but to accept it.
Real deplore the way Chelsea’s directors have acted despite knowing perfectly well the decision not to sell the player, making statements and even going so far as to sell shirts with the player’s name on through their official website.”
Madrid have already set the bar in how far a club goes in getting their player. Chelsea made a mistake (actually, Kitbag made the mistake but it falls on Chelsea anyway) but isn’t this how the game is played – telling the press you want to sign the player, that you’re waiting, that the deal is close, etc etc?
Robinho hasn’t helped his cause either with a ridiculous press conference where he begged to be released. He’s not a slave, he’s just a moron. So is Calderon for letting this situation get out of hand.