Roberto Mancini declared yesterday that Robinho could regalvanise his Manchester City career on loan back in Brazil, as the Sao Paolo club vied with Santos for his services.
The Portuguese side Benfica have withdrawn from any scramble to take the £32.5m man, with City insisting to both Brazilian suitors that they are not prepared to pick up any of his £160,000 a week wages if he leaves.
As City met representatives of both clubs yesterday, Mancini cited the case of Robinho's compatriot Adrinano, who was sent out on loan to Fiorentina, Parma and Sao Paolo by Internazionale and briefly flourished on his periodic returns to San Siro under Mancini's management.
“He had some problems in Milan, he went back to Brazil for six months and now he is playing well, he will play in the World Cup probably and is scoring many goals,” Mancini said of the player.
Mancini, who expects to have Emmanuel Adebayor on the bench and will assess today whether Kolo Toure is match ready having returned in the early hours from Ivory Coast's unhappy African Nations campaign, was relaxed about the potentially febrile atmosphere at Old Trafford.
“Don't look back in anger! It's fantastic Oasis,” he said, with an immediate grasp of his new terrain. “It's important that we play calm and it's only a game. It's an important game but only a football match. We want to win in Old Trafford and it's possible and we have a chance but we must play quiet and concentrate.
“We must change the history and we want to change the history. After many years [without a trophy] we want to change the history,” the City boss added.
Mancini rejected suggestions that his chief executive Garry Cook's claims that City would become “the biggest and best football club in the world” created extra pressure.
“I'm not under pressure. I played football for 20 years and have managed other clubs and this is our job,” he said. “I hope this [becoming the biggest and best club] is possible in the next years. We have a chance to arrive on the top, to arrive in the top five or six clubs in the world but for this we must work well. We can't make mistakes.”