Kaka says he has ‘listened to his heart’ in deciding to stay at Milan, rather than agree to a record-breaking move to Manchester City.
The Premier League club’s bid to sign the Brazilian star in a £100million-plus deal collapsed on Monday night after Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi confirmed Kaka was staying at the San Siro.
City later claimed that they had withdrawn from the negotiations after admitting that the transfer was no longer viable on a number of fronts.
The 26-year-old Brazilian revealed he is ‘celebrating’ his decision to pledge his future to Milan.
“I feel great in a place where everybody loves me and I’m very happy to stay,” he told Italian TV.
“My family were great allowing me to take the decision independently. I never argued with my father, as somebody wrote. I have listened to my heart as many people advised me to do.
“At Milan there are many wonderful people like [Berlusconi] and Leonardo, who is much more than a director for me, he is a real friend.
“I have never asked for a raise in my salary and I will never do. Milan were always nice to me raising my salary whenever they felt it was fair to do it. I can only thank them for this.
“After Saturday’s game many people showed me their support, I have received drawings by kids trying to convince me to stay. It was wonderful. I remember when I left Sao Paolo some fans protested against me, here they all stand by my side instead.
“I’m currently celebrating this decision at home with a couple of friends.
“I’m a religious person and I believe the path God decides for us is not always the most logical one.
“Milan had never considered any offer for me in the past. This time it was different and I had to think about it but then I decided to stay. My team-mates were incredible. They all tried to tell me something and stay close to me in this period.
“I haven’t been a Manchester City player not even for one minute.
”I believe I have made the right choice. To have gone to Manchester City could have been a great project but in the past few days I have prayed a lot to understand what the right team would be and in the end I have decided to remain here.
”I don’t want anything else, I just want to be well and be happy in the place where people love me.
”From this story I have understood how people love me at Milan, the fans and my team-mates have helped me make this choice.”