Robinho wants Kaka and Ronaldo at Man City

Robinho have also suggested the club should sign several other Brazilians in January.

“Who would I sign? Kaka, Ronaldo, if I could choose,” he told Setanta Sports. “There are so many good players.

“But, well, at this moment, the team needs to improve the defence. When you build a house, you have to start from the floor.

“They ask me if there are players to be signed. I have suggested Kleber, the Santos left back, Thiago Silva, who plays at centre back for Fluminense, who’s been playing very well.

“The coach mentioned Luisao, who is Brazilian and plays for Benfica.

“Now the transfer window will open in January, and obviously here we have good players, but if the club wants to be big, we have to sign more players.”

He continued: “They have excellent players here, but what they lack is the mentality of champions.

“At Real Madrid, I learned a will to win. Here, they have a good team, but they’re content with just finishing fifth or sixth.

“For me, you can only be content when you’re champions. You can only be content with winning away.

“You need to want to beat Chelsea at their home, to beat Manchester United, to beat Liverpool.

“They are content with little – just a draw might be good enough. Maybe I have changed this mentality a bit. We beat Arsenal; we played well against Chelsea, although we didn’t win.

“The mentality has to change, and now City have a project to become big. Chelsea two or three years ago were a small side and now they are a big, powerful football club.

“I want to inspire a winning mentality, as I’ve learnt in the clubs where I’ve played. I’ve learnt that being second is worthless.

“I played at Santos, where the supporters want to win every tournament we play in.

“The same was true at Real Madrid and the same with the Brazil national team. As I said, City have good players, but the mentality of a small side. If we think bigger, we can be there, too.”