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Tue 20 Jan 2009 04:56 AM

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Kaka deal falls through, Man City confirms

Brazilian superstar will be staying at AC Milan after all after failure to reach agreement.

Manchester City has terminated its discussions with AC Milan over the possible transfer of Brazilian superstar Kaka.Following a meeting in Milan on Monday, the club felt that it was unlikely that the two parties could reach common ground for an agreement, according to a statement on the Man City website.

The discussions reached only a preliminary stage and the player was not involved at any time. No commercial terms were framed.

Commenting on the situation, executive chairman Garry Cook stated: "Whilst Manchester City Football Club has an obvious interest in world class players of the quality of Kaka, we owe it to our fans that such a transfer must work on every level; commercially, financially, in terms of results on the field and within Manchester City's broader community."

Earlier, AC Milan president and Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, ended transfer speculation surrounding Kaka on Monday by telling a TV programme that the 26-year-old Brazilian will be staying at Milan.

The former World Player of the Year had been the subject of a reported 100 million euro bid from mega-rich Manchester City in a transfer saga that had been picking up pace over the last week.

Berlusconi said last week that with the money on offer he could not force Kaka to stay if he wanted to leave.

But he seems to have changed his mind and claimed on Monday that he had intervened personally to ensure the fans' favourite will be staying in Italy.

"Both I and he (Kaka) have intervened," said Berlusconi.

"When I heard him say that he prefers to stay, that he doesn't feel like he has lost the opportunity to earn a higher salary and that he feels privileged to wear the shirt, he values the closeness and the friendships, the heat and affection that all the fans have shown him even in these last two days, I said 'hallelujah' and we hugged," he told '7 Gold'.

After saying that Kaka is staying at Milan, Berlusconi then opened up a little doubt.

"I give my word on the things that depend on me. At the end of this affair I don't know if I will still be president of Milan, as much as I am not any more," he said cryptically before seeming to settle the matter once again.

"He has taken himself off the market with this decision to stay loyal to the contract he has with Milan.

"A contract signed on a piece of paper with a stamp but now we can say with certitude that it was signed with the heart."

He added in an interview with Sky Sport 24: "That's the end of the story. I am truly delighted to have kept Kaka at Milan.

"Kaka is a great champion and a great man. He's refused the offer from Manchester City giving privilege to Milan, his companions and his fans.

"He said it's because money isn't everything in life.

"Kaka is staying with us and we're delighted. Money is important but there are also other things that are important.

"The fans are delighted too. Turning down so much money is something to admire."

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angelo 11 years ago

You can pay as much money as you want to buy a player - but you cant buy his heart - MC should have learned from the Ronaldinho experience - they have bought a player - but he is totally unhappy so they are not going to get the best results form him - Even if they had bought Kaka - if he wasn't happy he would be a bad investment. When you are in the same situation as Liverpool and the late Bill Shankly who was challenged by one of his players and allegedly said - there are 2 million good players out there who will play for nothing just to wear a Liverpool Shirt. MC at the moment the club does not have that Charisma. Build a "team" and you will get results because you will get the best out of them