21 Jan 2009

Robinho and Kaka give Man City Brazilian blues

6:09 am on 21 January 2009

Manchester City suffered a double dose of Brazilian blues when striker Robinho walked out on a training camp in Tenerife just as their bid to sign his compatriot Kaka was rejected.

Instead of celebrating what would have been a world record transfer, City's executive chairman Garry Cook was left to lament the role of Kaka's club AC Milan in the failed bid.

Cook was part of a group of City officials who spent seven hours in the Italian city yesterday trying to secure the world record transfer of the Brazilian midfielder but said the Italian club lost their nerve.

The $85 million record signing was reported to be frustrated by City's lack of progress on the pitch and in the transfer market, with fullback Wayne Bridge and striker Craig Bellamy the only January arrivals.

And just as Milan were announcing the deal was off, Robinho was packing his bags in Tenerife, with British media saying he had gone home to Brazil after a row with City boss Mark Hughes.

However Robinho says he's gone home for family reasons and will be back.