AC Milan striker Robinho recently extended his contract with the Italian club, thus putting an end to all the speculation surrounding his future. The Brazilian has been linked with a return to his home country with the likes of Santos and São Paulo interested in signing him on a permanent basis. He has already been on loan deal with his former club Santos on 2010, but this time it has been rumoured that he was looking for a permanent move. However, Santos were unable to sign him due to the excessive transfer fees and wage demands involved in the transfer.

This prompted the striker to sign a new contract with AC Milan that would see his stay at the San Siro be confirmed until the summer of 2016. Milan recently managed a 2-1 win over Valencia in the pre-season friendly match. Speaking after the match, the 29-year-old has said that he is keen to show Milan that he deserved a new contract. Robinho will be one of the main strikers at Milan this season. The arrival of Mario Balotelli may have shifted some of the attention towards the Italian international, but Robinho still remains an integral part of the team.

The former Manchester City man scored in the first half against Valencia to demonstrate this aspect.

“I hope this will be the both AC Milan’s year and mine. I am happy to know that the club wanted to renew my contract. This becomes important year for me. I had already said that Milan has a team in which I want to play for the next 10 years. Playing against Valencia is difficult, the stadium is beautiful, the people are very charged. With the Milan shirt on you always want to win and although this is a warm-up tournament, the goal is always to win when you wear this shirt,” said Robinho.