Nic Petruzziello Date:4th October 2013 at 12:57pm
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Robinho has insisted that he is delighted that he has stayed at AC Milan, but has stated that the clash between Juventus is of upmost importance.

The Brazilian was very close to returning home with Santos during both the January and summer transfer windows, however the Rossoneri forward could not agree on the terms and decided to stay at the San Siro.

“I am very happy that I remained with this great club and that Milan wanted to keep me,” he told Milan Channel. “I hope to play here for many years to come.

“As a team we have to improve, but we are on the right track and I hope it can be the year of Milan. My dream for this season is to win with Milan and then go to the World Cup with Brazil.

“Unfortunately we are missing great players through injury, such as [Stephan] El Shaarawy, Kaka, [Mattia] De Sciglio and others, while [Riccardo] Montolivo only just returned. In order to soar, we need everyone.”

The Rossoneri haven’t made an impressive start to the season in the Serie A and the Champions League, scraping draws in both competitions.

However Milan have a chance of closing the gap on the leading pack on Sunday evening, when they visit the Juventus Stadium.

“We realise the importance of this game, as we are experiencing this as a decisive match. We are extremely motivated and working well, so we hope to play good football and above all to win,” Robinho added.

“Massimiliano Allegri is a great coach and he was always with the team, even during the most difficult moments.

“Kaka is a very close friend and a great player, so it’s wonderful to see him back at his real home. I hope he can be back on the field as soon as possible. We really miss his quality, as Kaka is a decisive player.”

Mario Balotelli will also be out on the Juventus match, as he continues a three-match ban for insulting the referee.

“Mario is a champion and one of those players who can make the difference when he’s in good shape. I hope he can relax, even if he has a strong personality.”