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Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Kaka rejects world record bid from Man City

Soccernet staff

Manchester City's 100 million swoop for Serie A star Kaka has been dealt a swift blow after the Brazilian playmaker claimed he wanted "to grow old at Milan".

A City delegation led by chief executive Garry Cook flew to the San Siro on Tuesday to table the world record breaking offer along with weekly wages of 250,000 but the AC Milan favourite has blown any deal out of the water.

''I am extremely happy here. I want to grow old at Milan,'' he said. ''My aim is to become, at some point in the future, the captain of this team. I know there is a pecking order, with (Paolo) Maldini at the front and then (Massimo) Ambrosini, but after that...

''I will be here until [the club] don't want me here. As long as my aims are the same as the club's aims, I would like to remain here.''

Kaka first heard of City's reported offer on Wednesday morning before training but admitted it was not the first time he had faced this situation. Both Real Madrid and Chelsea are understood to have previously tried to secure his services.

''I arrived this morning and I saw some news on the newspaper but I went on to do my job,'' he said. ''I reiterate what I have always said, they (City) can make the offer they want to make but it will depend on Milan. What happens will be decided by Milan.

''It's not the first time this has happened, I have already said 'no' to other offers and this is not probably something which will see me leave Milan. If, one day, the club wishes to sell me then it is a different issue altogether. But I feel very well here, it's not the money that will see me leave Milan.''

Kaka is under contract with the Rossoneri through the 2012-13 campaign but the 26-year-old wants to remain at the Serie A club even longer.

''Even if I am not the captain, I am a leader at AC Milan right now due to my role in the team,'' he said. ''But one day I would like to become captain of the team.''

Earlier on Wednesday Kaka's spokesman Diogo Kotscho said it was "not impossible" that a deal could be concluded during the January transfer window but warned that money alone would not be enough to lure his client to Manchester.

"To accept Manchester City, Kaka wouldn't do a matter based on money", Kotscho said. "But to the competitiveness of the English side.

"Ricky would like a strong side. He would never do something like Robinho, who, just to earn more, contented himself with not a winning solution."

And while the Rossoneri are currently only competing in the UEFA Cup after a disappointing campaign last season, Kaka insists he will stay faithful to the club if they continue to build on the legacy of seven European Cups and 17 Serie A titles.

In the summer, City set a new British transfer record when they signed Robinho from Real Madrid for 32 million and billionaire owners Abu Dhabi United where hoping to make another statement of intent in the transfer market by setting a new world record.

The most expensive transfer fee in football history remains the 48 million Real Madrid paid Juventus for Zinedine Zidane in 2001.

Asked if Kaka would consider other clubs if City's offer did not suit either Milan or himself Kotscho said: "Yes he will. But as I said we have to have a deal between the two clubs and negotiations with AC Milan for Kaka ... is a very difficult challenge.''




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