AC Milan forward Robinho will be returning to the club where he began his soccer career, Santos.
The Brazilian club has confirmed a season-long loan deal for the 30-year-old player who made 23 appearances in Serie A last season.
Robinho began his career in Santos’ youth system before spending three seasons with their senior squad. The forward made 110 appearances between 2002-05 for the Brazilian side, scoring 47 goals, before moving on to La Liga giants Real Madrid in July 2005.
He played an additional three seasons in Spain before making a surprise move to Manchester City on the final day of the transfer window in 2008.
Robinho signed a four-year contract with the Premier League club worth £33million. He didn’t last two seasons with City, as the forward was loaned back to Santos in January 2010.
Manchester City then dealt Robinho to Milan in August 2010 for £15million.
During the past several weeks, there were reports that MLS club Orlando City was interested in signing Robinho to join Kaka in Central Florida.
Now the Brazilian will be making his second homecoming of his career.
“Santos is my home,” he told the club’s official website. “It’s a place in which I feel really good. I hope to repay all of the fans’ affection on the field.”