Robinho: I have no plans to leave AC Milan

The Brazilian attacker has been linked with an exit from the Giuseppe Meazza, but has affirmed that he is only thinking about the new season with the Rossoneri
AC Milan forward Robinho has assured that he has no plans to leave the club and is focussed on the new season with Massimiliano Allegri's side.

The Brazil international has been linked with a departure from San Siro this summer, but has dismissed the idea of moving teams, including a return to his old team.

“My former club Santos have done much to bring me back to Brazil. However it is not time to return to Santos. I have a lot to give here in Milan,” he told Il Corriere dello Sport.

“I scored 14 league goals in my first season here, then the year after only six; I'm ready to go back to double digits now.”

The Rossoneri have sold Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain during the summer transfer window, but despite this Robinho feels his side will still be in contention this season.

“The team will be different, but no less strong. This is a great club and we will be competitive.

“There is still a long time left in the transfer market. This team is fresh from finishing first and then second in Serie A, and we will be strong.”

With Ibrahimovic’s departure, the attacking emphasis will now be on Robinho and Alexandre Pato, and the former Real Madrid forward is confident that his young compatriot will be able to shoulder the responsibility.

“I think he deserves to be the main man. He has the opportunity to do well at the Olympics. I believe that he will score a lot of goals; he is a great striker," Robinho said.

“Pato is strong, young, fast and will have a great career.”