Real lash out at Blues

MADRID - Real Madrid lashed out at Chelsea yesterday over the English Premier League club's continued efforts to lure Brazilian striker Robinho away from the Spanish champions.

MADRID - Real Madrid lashed out at Chelsea yesterday over the English Premier League club's continued efforts to lure Brazilian striker Robinho away from the Spanish champions.

Real said it "profoundly regretted the behaviour of Chelsea's directors who, despite knowing perfectly well the decision not to sell the player, have continued to make statements and gestures [linking the player to a move], even going as far as to sell shirts with the player's name through their official website.

"All this has done is to cloud the situation and confuse public opinion," it added in a statement posted on its website just hours after Robinho restated his desire to join Chelsea at a Madrid press conference.

"I've already told the president [Ramon Calderon], and coach [Bernd Schuster], management and [the media]: my head is there [at Chelsea], I want to play over there," the 24-year-old said.

Real also hit out at Robinho in its statement, saying the player had created a distraction ahead of their first match of the new season later yesterday at Deportivo La Coruna.

"Just before an important official match, Real Madrid feels that all of its attention should be focused on the game, a criteria that has been completely ignored by its player Robinho," it said. - Sapa-AFP

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