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Platini To Man. City: Produce Your Own Kaka

  • Guardian, Friday, February 6, 2009 3 PM
UEFA President Michel Platini has told Manchester City that instead of paying up to $200 million for Brazilian playmaker Kaka, it should produce its own player of similar quality. He said the wealthy club's attempt to sign the Milan player was "ridiculous" from a soccer social and financial point of view.
"City can have a young player from Manchester who comes to their training center and becomes Kaka," Platini said. "They don't have to buy someone for €150m [$193m] because they have their academy." Never mind that City has not, in its entire history, produced a player of Kaka's caliber. But Platini's point was to stress that many clubs would like to see limits on spending imposed. Some owners, he said are spending "£20m [$29.3 m] out of their own pocket to compete. They are not happy."
Platini is keen to regulate European soccer and will be putting forward proposals to restrict spending on players and wages next month to UEFA's strategy council, which brings together representatives from clubs, leagues, national associations and the players' unions. The English Premier League fiercely opposes any such rules, which would only apply to European competitions, but would naturally affect domestic competition too. "My philosophy is clear," Platini said. "I have to give everybody the chance of winning. We want to have financial fair play."

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