Robinho reckons the threat of the axe is affecting the form of Manchester City’s stars.
A number of players could be sold in next month’s transfer window as City attempt to bring in world class replacements.
And Robinho, who joined for a British record £32million fee in the summer, has blamed the uncertainty on the mega rich club’s position in the bottom half of the Premier League.
The Brazilian said: ‘It is incredible that with this squad we have appeared to be fighting relegation.
‘I must admit I don’t really understand it and it has been the one question talked about more than any other in our dressing room.
‘One theory I have is that the constant rumours about possible reinforcements in January have damaged us in some way.
‘Some of my team-mates do perhaps fear for their future and that is not positive, I guess.
“But there is nothing we can do about that apart from try not to let it affect us.’
Several of City’s stars have failed to produce their best form this season.
But despite his electrifying start to life in England, Robinho, 24, also reckons there is more to come from him.
The forward said: ‘I have to say that still I am not really happy with my performances.
‘People have not seen the big Robinho yet. They have not seen the real Robinho.
‘I want to be king of Manchester City. I said that when I left Real Madrid but I don’t think I have achieved it yet.’