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Robinho goes AWOL

CITY was a club in turmoil today after star striker Robinho went AWOL and the much heralded world record £100m bid for Kaka collapsed.

Executive chairman Garry Cook was in urgent contact with manager Mark Hughes at the squad's Tenerife training camp desperately trying to find out the whereabouts of the £32.5m Brazilian international.

Cook said he has no idea why Robinho has walked out.

City officials are refusing to say whether Robinho stormed out, or that he has returned home to South America.


Full details are a little sketchy at the moment as to exactly what has happened and why, but it does (thankfully) not seem to be linked to the failed pursuit of Kaka.

Closer to the truth is probably the report that he was unhappy at not being allowed to return to Brazil this week (when we don't have a game).

Brazilians going AWOL is not a new development in football, with countless episodes littering football history and the hope here is that it is no more than a storm in a teacup and matters return to normal rather than take a turn for the worse.

UPDATE 13:45 - The BBC are quoting Robinho, who says the club were fully aware all along:

"I had made Manchester City aware that I needed to return to Brazil because of a family matter," Robinho said.

"I will return to the club and hope to sort out this matter as soon as possible," added the 24-year-old."
I'm not sure it fully answers the questions though, but it's a start at least.