MANCHESTER // His move to Manchester City has astounded the world, but Robinho is adamant he has joined the "new Chelsea". And the Brazilian has hit back at all the critics who say he has made a mistake going to Eastlands. His idol, Pele, said the skilful star needed counselling and had been badly advised in leaving Real Madrid to join City. But Robinho, who was also courted by Chelsea, believes he has made the right decision. "I accept Pele's criticism as he is the king of football, but if he had been me, he would have done the same," he said.
"I'm going to a big club who are going to fight for titles. Man City are Chelsea four years ago." Indeed all the talk of Chelsea may have confused Robinho who, when speaking about the transfer, said: "On the last day, Chelsea made me a great proposal and I accepted it," to which a reporter replied: "You mean Manchester right?" "Yeah, Manchester, sorry!" answered Robinho. Dr Sulaiman al Fahim, the frontman for City's new owners, was due in England today to finalise the formalities for the group's takeover. The executive chairman Garry Cook said there will be no limit to the City's spending power. He said: "Nothing is going to stop us."
Another Brazilian, Ronaldo, says he has had contact with City as he recovers from a serious knee injury. He is a free agent after his contract with AC Milan ended in the summer.