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Galliani plays down Kaka deal

AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani played down rumors yesterday of Kaka's impending move to Manchester City, including a claim that general sporting director Allia de Breda said a deal was set.

Galliani watched Kaka help Milan beat Fiorentina 1-0 at San Siro in what many believe will be the Brazilian's last match for Milan before a 100-million-pound (US$147 million) transfer to the English Premier League side.

But he said nothing had been agreed to between the clubs.

"Milan and the player haven't signed anything," he told Sky Italia. "For now nothing has happened that will push Kaka toward Manchester. We are in a worldwide recession and you need to think with a level head."

Galliani said replacing Kaka would be impossible.

"To take a lower-level player doesn't help us. There aren't any other players at Kaka's level, therefore if he leaves we are still without Kaka. But Kaka hasn't left. For now it is useless to speculate. Now the problem is deciding what to do."

David Beckham, who knows something about being in a spotlight, said Kaka's possible transfer was not affecting the club.

"It (training) has been the same as it has been for the last two weeks. There is always going to be speculation in big clubs and there is going to be speculation with big players,' he told The Associated Press.

"They don't come much bigger than Ricardo (Kaka) of course, though at the end of the day he is a Milan player. He loves playing here and he shows it week in, week out, how passionate he is about the club, and every player loves him."

Having gone through the youth system to star for Manchester United and having played alongside Manchester City manager Mark Hughes for the Old Trafford side, Beckham was well-placed to give Kaka advice on the city and his potential future coach, but said those types of conversations were off limits.

"My conversations with Ricardo have been 'good morning' everyday and 'see you tomorrow' We haven't spoken about Manchester. There's no need to as everyone else is doing that for him and the club.

"The most important thing is we won the match tonight. He played well and he showed the passion to the fans and the people of Italy."


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