Robinho: Real Madrid didn’t respect me enough

“I had some great moments there, but my farewell was a disappointment. Real wanted to buy someone else and all of a sudden they were no longer interested in me.”


“I feel really sorry for the way I left Madrid, but the fans don’t always understand what happens in these cases. The deal eventually fell through and the club was not happy. I did not feel valued and wanted to leave.”

Benitez: I wanted Alves and Jovetic at Liverpool

“Daniel Alves was our first option on the right side. The problem that we had was that I had to decide to bring Alves as a winger when he was an offensive full-back. It was a difficult decision as we had money at the time for only just one striker or a winger/full-back. We signed a striker – the striker was Kuyt, who to be fair has turned out to be a fantastic contributor to the club.”


“Jovetic was also our target but we didn’t have the money. My idea was to play Mascherano, Lucas, Gerrard, Aquilani – two of these four players in the middle and Jovetic between the lines, but we didn’t have the money.”