Robinho feels for Balotelli

While Balotelli claims he is happy with everything at City, he said

last weekend he was struggling with life off the field in

Manchester. Robinho also failed to settle after joining City from

Real Madrid in 2008 before making a permanent move to AC Milan last

summer. Balotelli moved the other way – from Inter Milan to City –

and Robinho can see why the 20-year-old is not enjoying Manchester.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” he said. “He’s not the first one to have

difficulty in that city. I don’t know if he will decide to stay or

go. “But I admit that I understand him. You don’t live well in

Manchester.” Robinho’s international team-mate Kaka has been linked

with a return to Milan from Real Madrid. And, although the

Brazilian star would welcome Kaka back to the San Siro, he believes

fellow Milan frontman Antonio Cassano should stay. “He is a friend,

I’d embrace him willingly,” he added. “If he came here I’d be very

happy, although it won’t be easy for him to repeat what he did in

his first Rossoneri experience. “Cassano is a great friend of mine

and I hope he stays with us. He must not leave.”