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Kaka’s future in AC Milan’s hands after City make bid

AP , MILAN, ITALY

Kaka controls the ball during an AC Milan training session in Carnago in Italy on Wednesday.

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AC Milan star Kaka poured cold water on a world record 100 million-pound transfer bid from Manchester City on Wednesday, saying he wants to stay with the Italian club as long as possible.

But the Brazil international said his future is up to Milan.

Kaka told Mediaset, the television company controlled by Milan president and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, that he wished to stay.

“I have already refused important offers,” the 26-year-old midfielder said on Mediaset’s Web site. “My objective is to become, in the future, the captain of [Milan]. I know there is a hierarchy and [Paolo] Maldini and [Massimo] Ambrosini are before me, but after ...”

Kaka, whose comments were also posted on Milan’s Web site, said in a televised Mediaset interview that he was “very happy” and wants “to grow old with Milan.”

The 2007 FIFA world player of the year, however, made it clear that his future was up to Milan.

“What happens will be decided by Milan,” Kaka said. “If, one day, the club wishes to sell me then it is a different issue altogether. I’m here and I will be until they want me here and for as long my goals are the same as Milan’s.”

Manchester City have not commented.

Kaka’s spokesman, Diogo Kotscho, had earlier confirmed that City had made a £100 million (US$145 million) bid for the midfielder.

Kotscho said that directors from the English club made the world record offer to AC Milan on Tuesday in a meeting in Milan.

Kotscho said Kaka was not represented in the meeting.

The Abu Dhabi United Group bought Man City last September in a deal believed to be worth about £200 million.

The takeover brought a British-record transfer deal of £32.5 million for Brazil forward Robinho, and the new owners have suggested they want to challenge Manchester United and Chelsea as the most successful club in Britain.

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