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Man City move for Kaka collapses

Kaka, Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti, Manchester City manager Mark Hughes
Kaka joined AC Milan from Brazilian side Sao Paulo in 2003

AC Milan playmaker Kaka has turned down a lucrative move to Manchester City.

The Premier League club had reportedly bid in excess of 100m for the 26-year-old Brazilian and offered him weekly wages of 500,000.

Kaka told AC Milan's television channel: "At the moment I don't want to change anything.

"All the messages that I received said to choose with the heart and I think in the end that has been the decision. It is absolutely not about money."

AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi told Italian television on Monday evening that Kaka had opted to stay at Milan.

And City issued a statement saying they had ended talks, believing it was unlikely a deal could be struck with the Italian side.

Executive chairman Garry Cook said: "The discussions reached only a preliminary stage and the player was not involved at any time."

City's bid for Kaka was worth 50m more than the current world transfer fee record Real Madrid paid to Juventus to sign Zinedine Zidane in 2001.

"That's the end of the story," Berlusconi said. "I'm truly delighted to have kept Kaka at Milan.

"Kaka is a great champion and a great man. He has 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."

Cook, who spent Monday in meetings with Milan officials and Kaka's father and advisor Bosco Leite, added: "A transfer must work commercially, financially, results on the field and within City's broader community. No commercial terms were framed."

Earlier, a group of Milan fans had protested outside the club's headquarters over the possible sale of the Brazilian.

46m Zinedine Zidane (Juventus - Real Madrid), July 2001
37m Luis Figo (Barcelona - Real Madrid), July 2000
34m Hernan Jorge Crespo (Parma - Lazio), July 2000
33m Gianluigi Buffon (Parma - Juventus), July 2001
32.5m Robinho (Real Madrid - Man City), Aug 2008
31m Christian Vieri (Lazio - Inter Milan), June 1999
30.75m Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham - Manchester United), Aug 2008

Supporters had also gathered outside Kaka's house and he responded by beating his hand on his heart while holding a Milan shirt.

On Saturday Kaka had played in Milan's 1-0 win over Fiorentina at the San Siro, with the home fans displaying banners such as "Kaka is Priceless" and "Hands Off Kaka".

After the game England international David Beckham, who is currently on loan at Milan from United States club LA Galaxy, had predicted the Brazilian would opt to stay at the San Siro.

"I don't think anybody in the dressing room is thinking about how much money they can earn," Beckham said.

"It's about playing with the best team, with the best players in the world and winning trophies, and it's not always about money.

"Ricardo doesn't need my advice. He will decide what he wants to do, but he loves Milan. I don't think he will leave."


Kaka joined Serie A giants Milan from Sao Paulo in 2003 and has since won the Italian league title, Champions League and Club World Cup.

The attacking midfielder has scored 86 goals in 244 appearances for Milan. He has also picked up 62 caps for Brazil and scored 23 goals.

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, estimated to be worth 15bn, took over as City owner in September 2008 and extensive funds have been made available to City manager Mark Hughes.

So far he has secured the services of Wayne Bridge and Craig Bellamy during the January transfer window.

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Watch Kaka's wonder goal for Brazil against Argentina

"It would have been an astonishing coup for City," BBC Radio 5 Live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis.

"But was Kaka ever going to come to City for football reasons?"

Kaka is under contract at the San Siro until 2013, and although he stated last February that he wanted to remain at Milan for the rest of his career, he had hinted at a desire to play in the Premier League - which he has described as the "best championship in the world".

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