Few Premier League fans could quite believe that Brazil superstar Robinho was leaving Real Madrid in 2008 for…Manchester City. City, of course, were then simply just a mid-table top-flight side. Almost seven years on, Robinho admits he was quite surprised by the £32.5m move too. “I knew I was going to play in England but I didn’t know for which club!” says the 31-year-old, who was also linked to Chelsea before going to City. Now back at Santos, Robinho discusses his brief, but sometimes brilliant, time at Eastlands on City’s official website.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech’s long-term future at Chelsea is in doubt after he suggested he could not spend another season as understudy to Thibaut Courtois. The 32-year-old Czech Republic international has started just four Premier League games this season, with Courtois preferred as Chelsea’s number one. “I don’t know what the club’s idea will be. It looks like it works well with me and Thibaut as a duo,” Cech told the Idnes newspaper. “But that can work for one season only. I don’t want another one like this.”
Germany’s players will wear black armbands during Wednesday’s friendly against Australia in honour of the victims of the Germanwings air crash. The plane, which was carrying 150 people, crashed in the French Alps on its way from Barcelona to Dusseldorf earlier today. There will also be a minute’s silence before kick-off in Kaiserslautern. “It’s had an impact on everyone and it overshadows everything,” said German FA president Wolfgang Niersbach. “As a football family, we owe it to the victims and their families to pay our respects.”
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel denies a charge of violent conduct over an alleged stamp on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea. The incident happened in injury-time during the Reds’ 2-1 Premier League defeat at Anfield on Sunday. The Slovakian, 30, was charged on Monday and faces a three-match suspension. But he claims the incident was accidental and not intentional.
Diego Simeone extends his deal as manager of reigning Spanish champions Atletico Madrid until 2020. The ex-Argentina midfielder guided Los Rojiblancos to their first Liga since 1996, as well as last season’s Champons League final where they were beaten by neighbours Real Madrid. Simeone once played for Atletico Madrid when Fernando Torres was captain. Today they are coach and player respectively for the club and they are good friends.
Radamel Falcao wants to leave Manchester United in the summer even if he is offered a permanent deal, reports the Manchester Evening News. According to the newspaper, the Colombian striker is understood to have indicated his intention to leave Old Trafford – after being largely being frozen out this season. Liverpool and Chelsea are rumored to be interested in Falcao.
Michel Platini was re-elected by acclamation as UEFA president for a third term at the European confederation’s 39th Congress on Tuesday (today). The 59-year-old former France international, who has been president since 2007, was handed another four-year term by delegates of UEFA’s 54-member nations after standing unopposed.