Former Brazil international, Robinho has revealed why he joined Manchester City and not Chelsea after leaving Real Madrid back in 2008 (via the Daily Mail).
Back in 2008, it was one of the most fascinating and surprising transfers in Premier League history.
A Brazilian superstar left Spanish giants, Real Madrid to join Premier League relegation candidates, Manchester City.
Now, Robinho wouldn’t come close to this Manchester City side but nine years ago, he was quite the coup.
The 33-year-old is currently is playing back in his native Brazil but has revealed just how close he came to joining Chelsea ahead of Manchester City all those years ago.
“I remember that last day of the window. Tick-tock… my agent called me and said, ‘You have this chance to go to City. There are other Brazilians there, Elano and Jo.’ So off I went.
“Two months earlier, I had spoken to Chelsea boss Phil Scolari. But the Madrid board blocked it as they didn’t want me to go to a team in the Champions League that could be a direct rival.”
So, Real Madrid not wanting Robinho heading to a direct rival stopped the Brazilian from joining Chelsea. The attacker was such an exciting player at that point in his career and would’ve been an excellent addition to that Blues side.