Robinho praises Manchester City's current squad

The former City player, who was once the club's record signing, was full of praise for their current squad.

Former Manchester City star Robinho has praised the side’s current crop of players, in an interview with the club’s TV channel.

The Brazilian forward joined City from Spanish giants Real Madrid for a then British record fee of £32.5m, according to the BBC, but now finds himself back at his first club Santos on loan from AC Milan.

While his old club have endured a difficult second season under Manuel Pellegrini, with both manager and players coming under criticism for sub-par performances in the league and cup competitions, Robinho is full of praise for City’s current crop of stars.

­­“They have a lot of great players, a team that works well together,” Robinho said.

“During my period there, it was a great team with a very good structure, but today it has grown even more [and] they were recently champions of the Premier League, which was well deserved. During my time there, City was growing and it was a promise, but today it’s a reality.”

"I have got a lot of affection for the fans"

Robinho’s first season at the City was an impressive one for the Brazilian as he led the club’s goal scoring charts and took the Premier League by storm, winning the affections of the club’s fans in the process.

However, his second season proved to be a harder one for him and he was later sent out on loan to current side Santos before later joining Italian giants AC Milan.

Robinho though, reflects on his time in England positively, despite the sour ending.

“It was really important, a team that opened doors for me. It was a big transfer,” he added.

“At that time Manchester City didn’t have many big players in their team, but it’s a club that I have a lot of love and respect for. I have got a lot of affection for the fans and the whole staff at Manchester City.”

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