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Kaka: 'Why I'm staying at AC Milan'

Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti, Kaka, Manchester City manager Mark Hughes
Kaka tells AC Milan television why he is staying at the club

After days of intense speculation, Brazilian superstar Kaka has pledged his future to AC Milan by turning down a 100m move to Manchester City that would have given him estimated weekly wages of about 500,000.

Hundreds of Milan fans gathered outside his home on Monday in an attempt to convince him to stay - and Kaka responded by beating his hand on his heart while holding a Milan shirt.

Here, he gives his reasons for remaining at the San Siro:

"I believe I have made the right choice.

"To have gone to Manchester City could have been a great project but in the past few days I have prayed a lot to understand what the right team would be and in the end I have decided to remain here.

"I don't want anything else, I just want to be well and be happy in the place where people love me.

"From this story I have understood how people love me at Milan, the fans and my team-mates have helped me make this choice.

"Milan has always turned down offers for me.

"I always said to everyone to first agree with Milan and then we can talk. But Milan had never accepted an offer for me.

"No member of my family has pushed me to go anywhere.

"I have not had any arguments with my father.

"My family has been very supportive and at no time have they forced me one way or the other.

"There were rumours that this story had come out because I wanted to renew my contract, this is not true.

"I have remained with the team where I am linked by heart.

"Saturday's game was no ordinary game for me.

"I was very emotional.

"Many children brought their drawings that they dedicated to me.

"When I left Sao Paulo to join Milan, a large part of the public criticised me.

"Now here all the fans are there chanting my name.

"Milan is my home, where I am close to and where my heart really is. That is what made me take this decision."

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