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5 Agustus 2008

Deco Hails 'Spectacular' Robinho

The Blues have made no secret of the interest in Robinho, who has been tipped to leave the Santiago Bernabeu ever since arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo became a possibility.

Los Merengues have held firm in their desire to keep the Brazilian star thus far, having reportedly rejected a £31.5million bid from the west London club.

But Deco hopes Peter Kenyon and co stump whatever is required to land Robinho, as he believes the 24-year-old will prove an excellent addition to an already star-studded squad.

"He's a spectacular player," the Portugal playmaker said in The Guardian. "He's got incredible skill, has magic in his feet and is capable of anything on a football pitch.

"His quality is amazing. It would be great if he joined us and he'd be made very welcome here."


Deco has been impressing spectators with his own creative qualities during his first pre-season with Chelsea following his move from Barcelona earlier in the summer.

It has become blatantly clear already that Scolari sees his former Seleccao charge as the attacking pivot of his new team, as the 30-year-old has begun to form a potentially devestating understanding with French striker Nicolas Anelka.

Fans will no doubt be encouraged by the direction the Blues' football is heading, as while they have enjoyed significant success over the past four years, the manner in which it was achieved has been less than thrilling.

Deco is determined to bring sexy football back to Stamford Bridge; however, he admitted that securing victory is always the priority, even if that means playing ugly from time to time.

"Everybody wants to see good football and, in fact, the first rule for winning football is to make sure we play well," said the Brazil-born midfielder.

"This team has players with great quality who can play high-calibre football, good quality and exciting football. It's the responsibility of all the players, not just me, to make sure that happens but I'm more than willing to assume that role. I want to play my part in this team playing exciting football so I'll take on this job happily.

"Opponents will try and stop us, and sometimes our games will not be spectacular. We must make sure we play winning football first and foremost, but we have the capability to make it exciting to watch."

Too Many Cooks?

Questions have been raised as to how Scolari will manage to fit Michael Ballack, Michael Essien, Frank Lampard and Deco in the same line-up on a regular basis, and whether it would be a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth.

The Brazilian tactician has hinted with his pre-season formations that each of the aforementioned midfielders feature heavily in his plans, and Deco has no doubt that everyone will get more than enough game-time throughout the season.

"I think we can play all together, but I don't really think it's important who is going to play," he added. "The important thing is that whoever is selected, plays well.

"We've got so many games to come this season, and I'm sure I won't play all of them. I'll be rested from time to time but, as I said, it is about whoever is selected doing well."

Mike Maguire