A simple ‘yes’ pronounced by him, that’s all that was missing in 2009, and Kaka would have been Manchester City’s first record-breaking transfer, the first after Sheikh Mansour took charge.
Negotiations went very far indeed. The only thing separating City and I was my final word. It came to the point where all of the numbers and the finer details had been discussed. The wages I had been offered were much, much higher than what I was earning with Milan
the Brazilian told FourFourTwo, going eight years back in time.
I found myself wondering what my life playing in England would be like, what my routine at this new club would be, how difficult it would be for my kids and my wife to move home. All of these thoughts were swirling inside my head
Kaka said, admitting that he was tempted, but also had major reservations.
I’d absolutely no idea that City were interested in signing me until they’d actually made their official offer to Milan. They had gone straight to Milan
today’s Orlando City star said. The end of the story is known, Kaka did not move to City, but years later, he didn’t have a problem revealing why.
I came to the conclusion that it was not quite the right time for me to go to City, and the main reason was the uncertainty over the squad-building process. It wasn’t clear to me how the squad would be reshaped and I wasn’t convinced it would work. I was being asked to swap one of the most historic and successful clubs in Europe for a team who were only at the beginning of a new project, where I was supposed to be the first big player. It was safer to stay at Milan
were Kaka’s words.