It was not wise to hold his own press conference to secure a move away from the Bernabeu but the reasons behind his desire to leave the club appear to be more than valid.
Once Real had set their sights on securing Manchester United’s Portuguese winger Ronaldo, it was made perfectly clear to Robinho that he was surplus to requirements.
Arrangements were made for his departure and Los Merengues and – after conceding defeat in their battle for Ronaldo – tried to bring in Joaquin from Valencia as his replacement.
The real villains of the piece are Chelsea. In their arrogance, they believed that they were the only club capable of matching Real’s asking price for the young Brazilian.
The Blues let the transfer run down the wire believing that they could secure a deal at the last minute on their terms – leaving Robinho out to dry.
With City coming in at the death with their British record breaking £32.5m deal the deal was sealed – and with Robinho’s position at Real untenable he had no choice but to accept.
While it remains to be seen whether Robinho can live the physical nature of the Premier League his quality is not in doubt. But with his heart set on move to London, will his heart be with Manchester City?
One thing is for sure – City are finally serious about breaking the Premier League’s big four.