Brazil star Robinho denies ‘mercenary’ tag

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 14 (IANS) Brazil international Robinho has denied that he is a “mercenary” following his transfer from Chinese football club Guangzhou Evergrande to Brazilian outfit Atletico Mineiro.

The 32-year-old had been heavily linked with a move to his boyhood club Santos, where he won two Brazilian titles in 2002 and 2004 as well as a Brazilian Cup triumph in 2010, reports Xinhua.

However, the former Real Madrid and Milan forward made a surprise switch, instead opting to sign a two-year contract with Belo Horizonte side Atletico. The Minas side lifted the Copa Libertadores in 2013, with a side that included Ronaldinho Gaucho.

Robinho denied that his decision was swayed by money and laid out his objectives while with his new club, with whom he will play in the Libertadores this year.

A return to the Brazilian national side is the main aim for Robinho in 2016. Brazil play against Uruguay next month in a World Cup qualifier and will also compete in the centenary edition of the Copa America in June.

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