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AC Milan lost over Kaka saga

SoccerNews in English Premier League, Serie A 18 Jan 2009


AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has admitted that his club don’t know what to do over Manchester City’s reported 100 million euro bid for Brazilian star Kaka.

The Italian club have given Kaka and his representatives permission to talk to City while publically claiming they have not accepted any bid.

Yet on Saturday club president and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi claimed that with the figures allegedly on the table they could not stand in Kaka’s way if he wants to leave.

And now Galliani has admitted Milan simply don’t know which way to turn.

“The problem right now is knowing what to do, for the moment nothing has been decided,” said Galliani, who received calls from fans to take Kaka’s place on a plane to Manchester.

Fans protested against the proposed sale of Kaka during and after Saturday night’s somewhat fortunate 1-0 home win over Fiorentina at the San Siro.

One banner read: “Drunk on desire for Kaka”, with another saying: “The heart has no price, stay with those who love you Ricky (Kaka’s nickname).”

There was a banner mocking a credit card company advert claiming that while Samuel Eto’o (80 million euros), Cristian Ronaldo (120 million) and Lionel Messi (180 million) all had price-tags, Kaka is “priceless.”

Another vented anger at the Milan hierarchy proclaiming simply: “shame, shame!”

But the Milan vice-president is trying to distance himself and the club from culpability should the deal eventually go through.

“Neither Milan nor Kaka have signed anything with Manchester City and hence he is still a Milan player,” added Galliani.

“I have the same feelings as the fans, I’m a Milan fan but you have to try to balance sentiment against reason.”

Galliani then turned his attentions to City and other clubs owned by billionaires capable of turning the transfer market upside down.

“I think a club should exist on its own resources and not from the charity of a magnate who spends stratospheric figures season after season because when one day this magnate doesn’t want to or can’t continue doing this, well I don’t know what could happen then.”

In the case that Kaka does leave, Galliani admitted it will be impossible to replace him.

“Signing a second rate player would be useless but there aren’t any players of Kaka’s ability hence if Kaka does have to leave we will simply be without Kaka, but Kaka hasn’t gone.”

Kaka didn’t have a decisive impact on the game Saturday night despite creating a buzz in the crowd with some purposeful runs during the first period.

Afterwards coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted he too was unsure of where things stood but was hopeful the 26-year-old former World Player of the Year would stay.

“Kaka is important for us, I hope he stays in red and black,” he said. “The situation is evolving, still anything could happen because there has been a big offer for a great player.

“I think time is still needed to evaluate everything. Tonight was a very positive one for him, the whole crowd should him how much they love him.

“From a personal, human point of view I’ve spent seven years with this guy and if he goes I’ll be a bit sad.

“But from a professional standpoint things are different because Kaka is still a Milan player, I feel honoured to coach him, to have coached him and now we’ll see if something changes.”


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