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Berlusconi revels with Kaká decision

Saturday, January 24, 2009

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi believes Kaká's decision to reject a move to Manchester City "feels like winning the Champions League."

Berlusconi, speaking for the first time since announcing on Monday that Kaká would remain with the Rossoneri, insists he is also confident the Brazilian will act likewise when confronted with offers from elsewhere - namely the bid from Real Madrid that is rumoured to arrive during the summer.

"Kaká and AC Milan have already responded to Madrid in the past. I see no reason why this would change," said Berlusconi in an interview with Italian sports newspaper Quotidiano Sportivo.

"Kaká's strong bond with AC Milan has been eloquent in recent days.

"I confess a secret that when Ricky (Kaká) announced to me his decision to remain at Milan I thought about my father and the many Sundays he went to the stadium to support AC Milan.

"The genuine enthusiasm in which he supported the Rossoneri colours, even in defeat, and that enthusiasm my father transmitted to me.

"My father would have been proud of this Milan, a team in which champions like Kaká develop.

"(His decision to stay) feels like if we have won another Champions League title.

"I am extremely proud of Milan because I truly believe it is the only club where these things can happen."

The fact that Kaká resisted a contract that would have made him the highest earner in football history, and without insisting on an improved deal with the Italian giants makes the whole saga even more intriguing in Berlusconi's eyes.

He added: "What makes Kaká's decision more extraordinary is the fact that he knew very well that Milan could not increase his salary as our balance does not allow us to do that.

"Kaká has decided to stay knowing that his salary will not be increased in the next coming years."

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