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Kaka move called off

Manchester City has terminated its discussions with AC Milan over the possible transfer of the player Kaka.

Following a meeting in Milan today, the Club felt that it was unlikely that the two parties could reach common ground for an agreement.

The discussions reached only a preliminary stage and the player was not involved at any time. No commercial terms were framed.

Commenting on the situation, Garry Cook stated: "Whilst Manchester City Football Club has an obvious interest in world class players of the quality of Kaka, we owe it to our fans that such a transfer must work on every level; commercially, financially, in terms of results on the field and within Manchester City's broader community."

Breaking news of sorts as although talks were being held in Milan, there was no further announcement expected during the early part of this week.

It is a strange statement from the club, not giving much away in terms of why the pursuit has been terminated, and not much from Milan either, with the exception of Silvio Berlusconi himself commenting:
"It was my intervention but also his," Berlusconi said. "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."
Perhaps last weekends piece in The Observer wasn't so far fetched after all.

I'm sure there will be much more to come from this story over the next twenty four hours or so.