Hiddink: I tried to sign Robinho

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has revealed he once tried to sign Brazilian superstar Robinho, and hinted he may attempt to snare the Manchester City trickster again in the summer.

The Blues came close to signing the Real Madrid forward last summer under former manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, only for Manchester City to swoop in and snatch him from under the west Londoners' noses at the last minute.

Robinho has proved an instant success at Eastlands, although the Brazilian has continually struggled away from home in his first season on English shores, while also irritating, manager, Mark Hughes after flying home to his native Brazil without permission.

And, current Chelsea chief, Hiddink - despite insisting that he will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season - has revealed he is a long-time admirer of Robinho and hinted that he would be interested in signing him in the future.

"He is a very attractive player, but Manchester City have a lot of plans, so let us see what the future holds," he said.

"I tried to sign him when I was the manager at PSV and we were very close.

"We thought then that before going to the big leagues like La Liga or the Premier League it would be good for him to get used to Champions League football at a different level.

"We were close, very close, to signing him. I saw him several times in Brazil and I liked very much what I saw. It's difficult to stop players like him, but it's also very attractive to see their style."

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