Robinho turns down Turkish move, wants Italy or Spain

Updated: Aug 25, 2010, 08:49 AM IST

Brasilia: Robinho has turned down a formal offer from Fenerbahce hoping to leave Manchester City for a Spanish or Italian club before the Aug. 31 transfer deadline.

The 26-year-old Brazil forward has remained out of City manager Roberto Mancini`s side in the opening games of the Premier League season since returning from his six-month loan spell at Santos.

"With all due respect to Turkish football, I`m not going to play there at the moment," Robinho said.

"(Fenerbahce) were the only team who sent an official (transfer) proposal but it`s already decided that I`m not going," he told the Brazilian sports website

"I`ve got talks going on but I can`t reveal anything yet. A week is time to do a lot of things. The only thing I`ll say is that I`ll carry on in Europe, in Italy or Spain."

City paid Real Madrid a British record 32.5 million pounds for Robinho in 2008 but the Brazilian struggled to settle in England.

Bureau Report