Saturday, June 23, 2018

Santos still want Robinho; Nocerino may leave Milan in the summer

Santos F.C. vice-president Odilio Rodrigues has revealed that the club will contact Robinho in the summer.

Santos F.C. vice-president Odilio Rodrigues has revealed that the club will contact Robinho when the transfer window reopens in July, Sky Sports understands.

Robinho, 29, made his professional debut at the age of 18 for Santos in 2002.

The 29-year-old won four trophies — Campeonato Brasileiro Série A (2002, 2004), Campeonato Paulista (2010) and Copa do Brasil (2010) — at the Estádio Urbano Caldeira before joining Spanish giants Real Madrid in July 2005.

In September 2008, Robinho moved to Manchester City for €42,500,000. After struggling to establish himself at City, the Brazil international returned to Santos on a six-month loan deal in January 2010.

Following his sixth-month loan at Santos, Robinho joined current club AC Milan for a reported fee of €18,000,000 in the summer of 2010.

The Brazil international was linked with a return to Santos in January, but nothing came about as the Brasileirão side failed to agree a fee with Milan.

However, Robinho — a living legend at Santos — remains on the club’s radar ahead of the summer transfer window.

“Regarding Robinho, we’ll talk again in the next transfer window,” Rodrigues told Lancenet.

“We’ll contact him as soon as the window opens again.

“We are looking for several players but we haven’t started negotiations with any yet.”

Robinho has bagged two goals and three assists in 21 appearances in all competitions for the Rossoneri this season, with Italian sensation Stephan El Shaarawy ahead of  the 29-year-old in the pecking order at the San Siro.

Nocerino may leave Milan in the summer

AC Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino has admitted he may search for pastures new in the summer if he is not guaranteed a regular starting place by manager Massimiliano Allegri, according to Sky Sports.

Nocerino, who has 15 international caps to his name for the Azzurri, wants to be part of the Italian squad that hopes to travel to Brazil for the World Cup next year.

However, his lack of playing time at Milan could prevent that from happening.

Nocerino, 27, has not started a league match since 24 February against Internazionale Milano.

The 27-year-old midfielder has been an “unused substitute” in five of Milan’s last six Serie A matches, but came off the bench at halftime against Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi today.

“I am 28. Next season there is a World Cup,” Nocerino told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I would like to be there. I’d have problems in having another season like this one.

“We will see. For now, the most important thing is qualifying for the Champions League.”

Nocerino, who joined AC Milan from Palermo for just €500,000 on transfer deadline day in August 2011, has scored two goals in 20 league matches for the Rossoneri this term.


Shawn Etemadi



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