Kaka quotes pour cold water on City's ardour
Quoted on the website of Mediaset, a TV company owned by Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi, the 26-year-old said: "I want to grow old at Milan. My aim is to become at some point in the future the captain of this team. I know there is a hierarchy and [Paolo] Maldini and [Massimo] Ambrosini are before me, but after..."
Manchester City's audacious bid for the 2007 World Player of the Year – believed to be north of £90m, with up to £500,000 per week in wages – may have eye-watering figures, but the Brazilian is used to having large cheques waved in front of him: "I have already turned down some major offers."
Kaka's spokesman Diogo Kotscho warned that the player would not be lured by finances alone – and attacked City's big summer signing Robinho.
"Kaka wouldn't do anything based on money," Kotscho told Corriere Dello Sport. "He would never do something like Robinho, who, just to earn more, contented himself with a solution that was not a winning one."
City refuse to be drawn on the situation, with a spokeswoman saying "We have been linked with in excess of 70 names that could have been coming in this transfer window. We are not going to be drawn into any speculation on any names, no matter who they might be."
Milan have confirmed that their chief executive Adriano Galliani met City's representatives yesterday, but played down the meeting. "Galliani received a delegation from Manchester City yesterday in Milan as a gesture of courtesy, like always in these cases," read a statement. "There are no talks at the moment."
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