Robinho was set to join Chelsea in the summer of 2008 from Real Madrid only for the Brazilian to join Manchester City.
Then Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari was left fuming as he desperately wanted to bring Robinho to Chelsea.
Robinho has now revealed why he moved to Manchester City even though he was so close to joining Chelsea.
“My goal was to move to Chelsea – Big Phil said I could make the difference for him as his squad, according to him, wasn’t creative enough,” Robinho told The Sun via Tribal Football.
“But Real Madrid had fallen out with Chelsea – they didn’t like them selling shirts with my name on before the deal had been done.
“I’m pretty sure that this error was one of the main reasons why the transfer failed, as it was a matter of pride for Real Madrid.”