Milan star Kaka couldn't lose after knocking back Manchester City

18 February 2009 09:38
Kaka insists his 'moral' decision to turn down Manchester City

won approval - even with AC Milan's hated rival fans.

The Brazil star rejected an eye-watering, after-tax offer of £500,000 a week when City had a record-smashing £100million bid for him accepted last month.

And the 26-year-old is certain that he made the right decision after receiving widespread backing.

Spot on: Kaka is happy with the decision he made

'Fans of other clubs congratulated me on my decision,' Kaka told Brazilian TV show Bem Amigos.

'They say that football has morals and that I had shown it. This moved me coming from rival fans.'

Kaka rejected City after days of deliberating over the public offer, eventually appearing at the window of his Milan apartment to gesture to fans below.

The former Sao Paulo player says he only spoke to Manchester City out of respect for his employers.

'All my decisions were taken out of respect for the club. Milan always had a policy of not selling players,' said Kaka.

'When they authorised City to talk to me, I thought it was right to hear what they had to say.

'I said no thanks. I listened out of respect. I know that behind Milan is a company that is operating during the financial crisis.'

The global economy cleary worries the Brazilian, who says that football will feel the consequences, even if Manchester City are operating in the bubble created by their Abu Dhabi owners' vast wealth.

'Soon, the financial crisis will come. There will be a readjustment in wages and contracts,' he said.

Kaka rejected reports that he had argued with his father, Bosco Leite, over the proposed move to England.

'In the end it was my decision to stay at the club,' he said. 'Another thing that weighed in my mind was the fact that, in Milan, the good cycle always returns.

'Today it may not be so good, but surely it will soon come back. There were stories that I was fighting with my father because he wanted me to come to City. There was never that. He always said "the decision is yours, do what you feel better. Regardless of your choice, I am with you".

'I really did ask for God's direction. It was a time to meditate and keep praying.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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