Former Manchester City forward Robinho admits he didn’t know he was joining the club until the “very last minute”.
The 31-year-old arrived from Real Madrid in £32.5 million (€44m) deal on deadline day in 2008 but had also been linked with a switch to Chelsea, who were then managed by former Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Robinho spent only 16 months at City before returning to Santos on loan but insists he valued his time in the Premier League.
"I remember that there was big expectation," Robinho told City’s official website.
"I knew I was going to play in England but I didn't know for which team and I was very happy when I found that I had the opportunity to play for Manchester City.
"It was on the very last minute but with me it has always been like that.
"It was really important, a team that opened doors for me. It was a big transfer. At that time City didn't have many big players in their team but it is a club that have a lot of love and respect."