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Maldini flays Milan for selling Kaka

WINNING the Champions League without Kaka is a Utopian dream for AC Milan, former captain Paolo Maldini said yesterday.

Financial worries prompted the Serie A side to sell the Brazilian to Real Madrid but Maldini, who retired at the end of the season after 24 years with the Rossoneri, said he understood why fans and teammates had reacted angrily. "Kaka is the first player of this level to be sold (by Milan). In the past an idea like that would never have been considered," the 40-year-old told a news conference. "Looking at the accounts is logical but it is also logical to set obtainable targets, thinking of winning the Champions League without Kaka is a Utopian dream." Milan, which wants Vfl Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko, has said no other high profile names will leave despite Brazil forward Alexandre Pato and Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo questioning their futures. "Before leaving Milan, Pirlo would think about it not 10 but at least 100 times," Maldini said. "I don't believe there will be another soap opera like Kaka with Pato. He must stay here."


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