Robinho has lifted the lid on his failed move to Chelsea
Chelsea were trying to sign Robinho throughout that summer transfer window.
The fact his old Brazil boss Luis Felipe Scolari was in charge at Stamford Bridge at the time meant many expected him to move to the capital.
However, Manchester City stunned the world by poaching him on deadline day.
City paid a then British record transfer fee of £32million to sign him from Madrid, less than 24 hours after being taken over by the wealthy Sheikh Mansour.
Robinho endured an erratic spell at Manchester City
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And Robinho has now shed some light on why his move to Chelsea collapsed, saying Real Madrid were furious at Chelsea's decision to sell shirts with his name on before the deal had been announced.
“My goal was to move to Chelsea – Big Phil said I could make the difference for him as his squad, according to him, was not creative enough,” Robinho said.
“But Real Madrid had fallen out with Chelsea – they didn’t like them selling shirts with my name on before the deal had been done.
Robinho wanted to link up with Luis Felipe Scolari at Chelsea
“I’m pretty sure that this error was one of the main reasons why the transfer failed, as it was a matter of pride for Real Madrid.”
Robinho endured a difficult 18 months at City before leaving the club permanently in 2010.
He is now back in Brazil with Atletico Mineiro, who he scored 25 goals for last season.