Robinho: I hope this is my year

The Brazil forward expresses his delight after signing a new three-year deal with AC Milan and underlines the importance of the upcoming season both for him and the club
Robinho has pledged his commitment to AC Milan after signing a new contract and says he is eager to make the new season a success.

The Brazilian attacker had been linked with a return to his former club Santos but, with the Sao Paulo outfit unable to finance the move, instead extended his deal with the Rossoneri to 2016.

Speaking ahead of his side's 2-1 Guinness International Champions Cup win over Valencia on Saturday, the 29-year-old was keen to demonstrate his enthusiasm for playing for the San Siro giants and his optimism now his future has been settled.

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"I hope this will be the both AC Milan's year and mine," he told journalists. "I am happy to know that the club wanted to renew my contract.

"This becomes an important year for me. I had already said that Milan has a team in which I want to play for the next 10 years."

Milan continued their pre-season preparations with victory at the Estadio Mestalla, with Nigel de Jong and Robinho himself both netting in the first-half.

The ex-Manchester City man also revealed his respect for his tournament opponents and his enjoyment whenever playing them.

"Playing against Valencia is difficult, the stadium is beautiful, the people are very charged," he added. "With the Milan shirt on you always want to win and although this is a warm-up tournament, the goal is always to win when you wear this shirt. I'm very happy to play in this great stadium."

The Rossoneri will now play the winners of Chelse's clash with Inter in New York on August 4.