ROBINHO’S STORY at Milan has officially ended as the Brazilian has completed his Santos move, signing the contract.
In the summer of 2010, Milan made 2 signings that helped them win the Scudetto: the first was Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Barcelona and the other Robinho from Man City. Both would go on to score 14 goals that year with Milan Campione d’Italia.
Robinho never managed to emulate the form from his debut season and had been linked with a return to Santos for several transfer markets and today – they parties finally got their wish. Robinho leaves Milan and joins the Peixe on loan.
“AC Milan have announced that Robinho has been loaned to Santos until June 30, 2015,” a brief statement on acmilan.com reads today. Santos made a statement of their own, announcing the arrival of the 30-year-old: “The thing that was the dream of many fans of Santos now becomes reality: Robinho is back at Santos FC for his third spell at the club.”
Robinho’s contract with Milan only expires at 2016 so he would have another year remaining on his deal. However, it’s reported that Santos will have an option to buy out Robinho in January for a small price. According to the Italian media, even if they don’t use their option, Robinho will not be returning to Milan next season as it’s been agreed with his lawyer Marisa Ramos that he would have to find a club to take him away from the Rossoneri once the loan spell ends on the 30th of June.
“I want to thank the Santos directors and the fans for their faith. I am home, at the club which allowed me to realise my dream of being a footballer,” Robinho, who landed in Brazil yesterday for a medical check-up and of course in order to sign the contract with Santos, told Globoesporte.com. “It hasn’t been easy, the most important thing is that my family is happy.
“I hope to repay this trust on the field. Financially the offers in Europe are higher, we had to make a sacrifice. Santos strove for it. The most important thing to me is that my family is happy. I’d like to play against Corinthians (on Sunday) but depends on coach Oswaldo de Oliveira. I have to train. I always thought that if ever I came back to Brazil it would be with Santos, return to my home. It didn’t just depend on me, Milan had to agree to it too. I’m back where I’ve always been happy.
“To come back to Santos is an honour. The affection of the fans have for me here is wonderful and I hope to repay of all this on the pitch, playing well and committing myself. I haven’t talked to the coach yet but if he wants, he can count on me – I’m available. When the transfer market opens there’s always a talk of my return to Santos. When negotiations involve big clubs there are always ‘soap operas’. The financial aspects are very high. But I don’t really like the soap-operas, I leave those to my wife. Thank God that this soap opera had a very ending. I hope to continue playing at Santos for a long time.
“It depends on Milan too, I have a contract with them. Europe? It is not in my thoughts, I have played there enough.” Robinho lowered his initial wage demands, which were the problem every single time Santos tried to bring him back. According to reports in Brazil, the player will earn €165,000 per month + around €145,000 in bonuses. It’s also claimed that Robinho will be entitled to some portion of the money Santos will make from selling his Binho shirts and selling tickets.
Robinho spent 4 years playing with the red and black shirt of Milan. He made 144 appearances in all official competitions and scored 32 goals. The Rossoneri fans have a lot of memories from him – some good and some bad. Grazie Robinho!