Robinho’s first goal for City ironically came against Chelsea “I wanted to go to Chelsea,” Robinho revealed to FourFourTwo, “Scolari told me that I could make the difference for him in the team.“However, Real Madrid ended up badly with them, they didn’t like the way that Chelsea sold shirts with my name on them before the deal was done.“I am sure it was this that led to the negotiations to fail and it was a case of pride for Real Madrid.“They were also reluctant to let me move to a club that was playing in the Champions League that season. Chelsea were, but City weren’t.” 2 2 The 34-year-old’s time in Manchester wasn’t as fruitful as many had expected and he left just 18 months into his four-year deal.Despite this, Robinho doesn’t have any negative emotions when he looks back at the decision.“I moved to a great club and they welcomed me in the best way. I had one-and-a-half years of joy in Manchester, despite the city being a lot colder than Madrid!“I don’t regret leaving Madrid but I am sorry that it ended badly when I went.” Robinho joined Manchester City on the same day the club was bought out by the Abu Dhabi United Group Former Manchester City attacker Robinho has detailed how his shock 2008 transfer from Real Madrid came to pass.The Brazilian, who now plays for Sivasspor in Turkey, became the Citizens’ first mega money signing when they snatched him from Luis Filipe Scolari’s Chelsea for £32.5m on the final day of the summer window.
Airbnb said more than 1,000 companies have joined its new programme allowing business travellers to use the peer-to-peer-lodging service. Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, recently announced that it signed 500 new companies to its ‘Airbnb for Business’ programme within 24 hours of launching the new global travel management suite.There are now more than 1,000 firms from at least 35 countries who have integrated the programme into their corporate travel plans. Among the companies joining the program are online storage firm Box, which now allows employees to use Airbnb accommodations, available in more than 190 countries. Facebook, Google, Salesforce and Eventbrite are also using Airbnb for corporate travel.“We were particularly impressed that Airbnb’s new Business Travel product suite allows you to uncover unique locations for temporary housing, team offsites and conventions where there is an opportunity to build closer working relationships by sharing accommodations in a casual and friendly environment. Like Box, Airbnb is making it easier for business users on the go and we’re looking forward to trying out the product and expanding our relationship,” said Jeff Mannie, VP, Controller and CAO at Box.“The corporate community’s response to our Business Travel program has been staggering and confirms our findings that business travellers increasingly want to redefine the business trip,” said Marc McCabe, Business Travel Lead, Airbnb. “The average business travel stay on Airbnb is 6.8 days, which shows how customers are looking for a mix of business and leisure, and often adding a weekend to explore a new destination.”Airbnb for Business helps companies of all sizes cater to their employees’ diverse travel needs. The program allows business travellers to directly book Airbnb accommodations and automatically expense them back to their employers. The recently introduced suite of travel management tools provide travel managers with visibility into employee travel itineraries, financial reporting data, and centralised billing to improve the business travel experience for all. The company was launched in 2008 and now has some 40 million users worldwide. Its valuation based on its latest funding round is some USD 25.5 billion.