Robinho: I hope to make history

Robinho has predicted Manchester City can rival the likes of Real Madrid, and hence he is happy to pledge his long-term future to the English Premier League club.

"I hope to play here for many years," Robinho told the Daily Star. "I hope to make history at this club and become one of the great heroes at Manchester City.

"I'm in a very good phase and I hope this will continue," said the Brazilian, who joined City in a record-breaking 45-million-euro deal in the summer after initially indicating he wanted to join Chelsea.

Robinho, 24, said he wants to be on board for the duration following City's takeover by the Abu Dhabi United Group. "I'm enjoying it here, and my aim is to become the best player in the world," he said.

"I came to City because I saw them growing and making progress. Can they be as big as Real Madrid? I hope so, yes."

City boss Mark Hughes, under pressure with the team in the lower half of the table, is expected to receive money for transfers in the January transfer window.

Robinho would like him to splash the cash on Brazil team-mate Kaka from AC Milan. "Kaka's a great player and a great person," he enthused.

"He's so strong, intelligent and fast. Obviously, I'm hoping that I can play with him here at City."