Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Robinho: Mancini Was to Blame for City Exit

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Robinho: Mancini Was to Blame for City Exit

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BRAZILIAN striker Robinho has declared he didn't want to leave City - and has blamed Roberto Mancini for his departure in 2010.

Mark Hughes brought Robinho to the club in 2008 and he had a great start to his City career scoring 12 goals before New Year in his first season.

His performances went downhill in the second half of the season and things didn't go to plan after Mancini arrived in 2009.

"Roberto Mancini did not make the most of me," he told the Mail.

"I needed to go to the World Cup. I had to play and that's why I went back to Brazil.

"Mancini gave me too many defensive responsibilities and restricted me. I like to feel free.

"The truth is I wanted to be there for a long time and leave a real legacy. I knew the club was going places. …

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