Robinho eyes Santos switch

Brazilian striker Robinho scored for Manchester City in their 4-2 FA Cup win at Scunthorpe United on Sunday hours after he was quoted as saying he was set to leave and wanted to join Santos.

Robinho, who joined Premier League City for 32 million pounds in 2008, has struggled to make an impact at Eastlands and has been in and out of the side this season.

In an interview with Brazilian radio station Bandeirantes, Robinho said City's owners had told him that he was no longer part of the club's plans.

"It would be exceptional to return to Santos," said Robinho who joined City from Real Madrid.

"To play at Santos would help me on the way to the World Cup. It is my home, I know everybody."

Robinho, who scored the fourth goal against Scunthorpe and was mobbed by City's visiting fans, had indicated that he could be playing his last game for the club.

"It's what they say. The entire board felt that it is better to loan me," Robinho said, adding that Serie A club Juventus were also interested in signing him.

City manager Roberto Mancini played down Robinho's reported comments.

"I hope he'll stay here," Mancini told reporters after the Scunthorpe match.

"In the next day the situation can change, but at the moment he stays."