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Robinho says wants to move to Real Madrid, threatens FIFA action
Jul 4, 2005, 22:37 GMT
Santos, Brazil - Young Brazilian football star Robinho made it clear Monday that he wants to play with Real Madrid and said he may ask FIFA to have his current contract with Santos cancelled.
The 21-year-old told reporters in the city of Santos that if the team does not sell him now, he would be forced to finish his contract that runs through 2008 - but he pointed to other solutions, which could include legal action.
Robinho said he did not want to leave Santos "by the back door", and without the club being financially rewarded, but he would if forced to by Santos president Marcelo Teixeira.
"If the president wants me to leave by the back door, it is his responsibility. If I don't go now, I will stay until the end of my contract and I will leave the club without it receiving anything."
Real Madrid have reportedly offered 25 million dollars for Robinho, but Santos have held back.
Under the current percentage arrangement with Santos, the team would receive about 15 million dollars, Robinho about 7.5 million and his agent about 2.5 million. Robinho said he would be willing to negotiate about his share, if it meant transferring to Real Madrid.
Robinho also warned he could turn to FIFA.
"I do not wish to take this attitude to go to FIFA, out of gratitude to Santos. But if it were necessary, unfortunately, I will have to do that."
Asked how he would react if forced to complete his contract, Robinho said he would do so "with determination. That is my life, but the truth is I don't want to stay with Santos."
A Santos attorney, Mario Mello, said Santos would insist before FIFA or any other institution that Robinho fulfil his contract.© dpa - Deutsche Presse-Agentur