European Ticker: Robinho repeats Barca dream, Iaquinta injured and more

European Ticker: Robinho repeats Barca dream, Iaquinta injured and more

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European Ticker: Robinho repeats Barca dream, Iaquinta injured and more

Robinho (Getty Images) 

by FRANCO PANIZO

If Manchester City attacker Robinho's hidden desire is to play for Barcelona then he is not doing a good job at keeping it a secret.

On Monday, Robinho told a Brazilian radio station he is happy with the interest Barcelona has in him, and that he thinks it is much easier to become the world's best player with them than with Manchester City.

Despite his less-than-kind words towards the Premiership club, Robinho, who has been heavily linked with Barcelona over recent weeks, insisted he is not trying to force a move away from the Citizens.

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Iaquinta out two months for knee op

Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta will be out at least two months after it was revealed his recent knee injury would require surgery.

Iaquinta picked up the injury during training on Saturday, and missed the following day's 1-0 win over lowly Siena. The Italian international is expected to undergo surgery on Tuesday, and likely won't play again until after the winter break.

Atletico rejected big bids

Atletico Madrid have revealed that they turned down big-money bids from Real Madrid and Chelsea last summer.

Atletico chief Angel Gil Marin claims that Chelsea and Real Madrid offered hefty bids for Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan, respectively, but that the club opted not to sell in the hopes of having a successful season.

The season has been anything but successful for Atletico, as they have won only one of eight league games and currently sit in 17th place in La Liga.

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What do you think of Robinho possibly joining Barcelona? How will Iaquinta's injury affect Juventus? Think Atletico should have sold Forlan and Aguero?

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