Brazilian star Ricardo Kaka has played down the prospect of joining Manchester City, saying he plans to stay at AC Milan.
Reports in the British media have claimed that Milan met with a delegation from the English Premier League club on Tuesday regarding their interest in Kaka.
Manchester City, backed by the billionaire owners Abu Dhabi United Group, were reportedly ready to offer a world record-breaking transfer fee of around £100m to persuade Milan to sell their classy playmaker.
One of Kaka's advisers, Diogo Kotscho, had indicated that the player would consider a move to City, only if they matched his ambition, but the 26-year-old has moved to pledge his long-term future to the Rossoneri.
"As long as the club keep high objectives, my desire will always be to stay at Milan," Kaka told Sport Mediaset, a media company which is also owned by Milan President Silvio Berlusconi.
"I want to grow old here and my objective for the future is to become this team's captain. I know that there is a hierarchy here and Paolo Maldini and Massimo Ambrosini are first, but after them.
"I have already refused important offers in the past."
Milan have always insisted Kaka was not for sale at any price and Berlusconi confirmed that stance yesterday.
"I know nothing about a Manchester City offer for Kaka," said Berlusconi. "I think he's not transferable and given that is the case, he will stay at Milan."
The former Sao Paulo player has a contract with the seven-time European champions until 2013 and the news will be a massive boost to coach Carlo Ancelotti as they look to challenge rivals Inter for the Serie A title.
Source: Sky Sports