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Robinho exit rumours quashed

Robinho's father and agent Gilvan de Souza has rubbished rumours the Brazilian star could leave AC Milan in January.

Recent reports have suggested that Robinho could be set to return to Santos, where he started his professional career and where he enjoyed a loan spell in 2010.

Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri has denied that Robinho would be allowed to leave and now the player's representative has also stated that he will stay.

De Souza said: "It's all speculation, every day the media invents new destinations - Atletico Mineiro, Santos, Sao Paulo, but Robinho won't leave Milan, he has a contract until 2014 and wants to respect it."

Robinho has struggled for form this season and has found himself overshadowed by the emergence of Stephan El Shaarawy, but De Souza insists he is happy with the Rossoneri.

He added: "Robinho is happy when he plays for Milan, and recently he has been playing. He likes the club so for now he will not return to Brazil.

"They always talk about his intentions, but it's up to me and his lawyer to on his behalf."