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3 Agustus 2008

Robinho Tells Madrid: Let Me Join Chelsea

The Brazilian star's frustrations were let out during a round of negotiations with club president Ramón Calderón and coach Bernd Schuster with the player making his feelings clear, according to Marca.

After being told what could be on offer at Stamford Bridge, Robinho feels let down by Madrid's delaying tactics over a new contract and then the offer well below his expectations.

Having been mentioned as a possible makeweight in the Spanish champions' bid for Ronaldo, the 24-year-old feels unappreciated and has let los Merengues know his true feelings.

"Let me go to Chelsea," Marca claim Robinho told Calderón and Schuster. "I want to go to Chelsea in the same wat that Ronaldo wants to come to Madrid. It is the same thing."

Schuster went public with his desire to keep the former Santos star at the club, but that has done little to reassure the player that the hierarchy feel the same way.

While Madrid are said to have offered him a double-your-money contract of €4m, Robinho knows that Chelsea would hand him a salary of nearly €6m-per-year.

Before the meeting where Robinho explained his desire to go to London, Schuster thought that he had finally convinced the player to remain in Spain.

"I've talked with him and he knows perfectly that he is an important part of our plans," the trainer told reporters. "He is a key player and we are not thinking about if he leaves or not."

Robinho may well be using the Blues' interest to force Madrid to raise their contract offer, but with the London club ready to make an official move he could yet see his wish come true.

Lucas Brown,