RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil forward Robinho
finished his six-month loan stint with Santos on a high note by
helping the side win the Copa Brasil on Wednesday and hoped he
could extend his stay after settling down in his native
Despite losing 2-1 to Vitoria on the night, Santos won the
two-leg tie 3-2 on aggregate to lift the nationwide knockout
competition for the first time and qualify for next year's
In the last match of his loan spell from Manchester City,
Robinho said he would love to stay in Brazil rather than return
to the English Premier League side, where he has fallen out of
favour with coach Roberto Mancini.
"I hope to continue. My heart is here and I want to stay
but I have to talk to my team," he told reporters. "Santos have
brought me happiness and good things."
They also won the Paulista championship, a season-opening
regional tournament, during Robinho's six months with the club.
Edu Dracena headed Santos ahead from a free kick one minute
before halftime in Wednesday's game.
Wallace equalised for Vitoria 12 minutes after the break
with a shot which took a deflection off a defender. Junior
added another with 13 minutes remaining but the hosts still
needed two more to win the tie but were unable to add to their
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