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Kaka gesture lauded by Milan chief

September 17, 2013
By Ben Gladwell, Italy Correspondent

AC Milan’s vice president Adriano Galliani has lauded Kaka’s gesture not to receive a wage during his injury absence, saying the player had called him in tears on Monday.

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The Brazilian was ruled out for a month with an adductor tear picked up during his second debut for the Rossoneri on Saturday, and in a video message published on the club’s official website, he said he would rather receive affection than money during his time on the sidelines.

"Ricky is an extraordinary person. He called me, crying down the phone," Galliani said at a press conference in Milan. "He told me that he wanted to feel Milan’s affection and that he did not want a single euro until he was able to play again.

"This just underlines the extraordinary relationship between the fans and Kaka. I spoke to him on Friday afternoon and he told me how delighted he was to be back with Milan.

"The news today is not Kaka’s injury, but the demonstration on the part of Ricky, after the one 15 days ago when he lowered his salary considerably, that he wanted to send out another signal, and it’s fantastic."

His injury deprives Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri of another player ahead of the Champions League clash with Celtic on Wednesday, Kaka joining Giampaolo Pazzini, Ignazio Abate, Matias Silvestre, Daniele Bonera, Riccardo Montolivo and Mattia De Sciglio in the treatment room.

However, Galliani says it is purely coincidental that so many Milan players are currently out of action, denying they have got something wrong with their pre-season preparations.

"There were plenty of injuries in the league this weekend and it just so happens he was one of them," he said. "Of course it’s not nice, but injuries happen. He’ll be back."

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