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Robinho: I'm happy to be at City

Robinho pledges his future to Manchester City, saying he could stay with the club for the next decade.

Robinho has pledged his future to Manchester City, saying he could stay with the club for the next decade. The Brazilian international, who has only played five games this season due to injury, was linked with a move to Barcelona in October, but said he is settled at City. "I am very happy here. I think I [will] stay here five years or 10 years, I don't know. "My family is very happy, the fans love me and I love the fans," he told the BBC.

"With every game I play, I feel more comfortable. I hope to continue playing football in England for a long time." Robinho joined City in August 2008 for a British record fee of £32.5million (Dh194.5m). But City did receive some bad news yesterday, as Michael Johnson was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. The 21-year-old midfielder is scheduled to have an operation a week on Monday after damaging his cruciate ligament in training.

It is another setback for Johnson who only recently returned to the side after almost a year out of the game with an abdominal problem. akunawicz@thenational.ae Bolton v Manchester City, 7pm, Showsports 3