Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Kaka decides to stay
by Paul Kennedy, January 20th, 2009 7:01AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[ITALY] Kaka isn't going anywhere. One of the most-hyped transfer deals in history proved to be a non-starter when the Brazilian said he was happy at AC Milan, ending talks with Manchester City about a deal reported to be worth $147 million. Prospects of Kaka's departure had sparked protests in Milan, and when he approached a window with a Milan jersey in hand late Monday night and beat his hand three times on his heart, he sent 50 fans standing outside his house into delirium.

[ITALY] Kaka isn't going anywhere. One of the most-hyped transfer deals in history proved to be a non-starter when the Brazilian said he was happy at AC Milan, ending talks with Manchester City about a deal reported to be worth $147 million.

"All the messages coming my way said to choose with my heart," Kaka told Milan Channel on Monday night. "And at the end that's what the choice was. It was absolutely not economical."

Such was the high stakes involved that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, AC Milan's owner, returned from Middle East peace talks in Egypt to meet with Vice President Adriano Galliani, then made the announcement on Italian television.

"For Kaka, money isn't everything," Berlusconi said in a telephone interview with "Processo di Biscardi." "When I heard he preferred to stay, that he hadn't thought about losing a chance for a higher salary and that he put the values of the club, friendship and fans' affection above all else, I said, 'Come on,' and we hugged."

Kaka is under contract with the Italian club through 2013.

Milan fans had protested about a possible move to City, owned by Sheikh Mansour al-Nahyan, at Saturday's league game against Fiorentina, and 500 fans protested outside Milan's offices on Monday, lighting flares and chanting "Don't sell Kaka!"

When Kaka approached a window with a Milan jersey in hand late Monday night and beat his hand three times on his heart, he sent 50 fans standing outside his house into delirium.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Cristiano Ronaldo    
"I want to stay here two more years. The two years I'm talking about take me ...
Video Pick: Top 5 Bundesliga Goals of the Week     
Szabolcs Huszti (Eintracht Frankfurt), Havard Nordtveit (Bourssia M'Gladbach), Johannes Geis (Schalke 04), Nicolai Mueller (Hamburg SV) ...
Mexican Olympic team calls up FC Dallas keeper    
Jesse Gonzalez, who won FC Dallas' starting goalkeeper spot last August, is in camp with Mexico's ...
U.S. U-19 men lose to short-handed Canary Islands    
The U.S. U-19 men's national team (1998s) lost, 1-0, to the Canary Islands, which played the ...
Ohio Wesleyan mourns freshman Luke Gabbert's death    
Luke Gabbert, who had just completed his freshman season at perennial Division III power Ohio Wesleyan, ...
What They're Saying: Don Garber    
"We are very excited about the possibilities in St. Louis. We believe it's MLS-ready. We've got ...
USA-Canada Takeaways: Year makes big difference    
The USA swept two games at a January camp for only the second time in a ...
Ashley Cole: 'I'm not a diva'    
Ashley Cole was not going to get away with his introductory press conference in Los Angeles ...
What They're Saying: Ashley Cole    
"I didn't come here to sit on the beach, to rest." -- Ashley Cole, the 35-year-old ...
U.S. Abroad: Gonzalez and Wood get big goals    
Omar Gonzalez kept Pachuca unbeaten in the Liga MX's Torneo Apertura when he scored on a ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives