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Never have the stakes been higher for a North-East derby as Newcastle and Middlesbrough do battle in a massive six-pointer at St James’ Park.

Milan playmaker Kaka insists he has no plans to leave the club this summer.

Manchester United are the latest club to be linked with the Brazilian playmaker in recent weeks as speculation continues to surround his long-term future at the San Siro.

Real Madrid are also thought to be considering a move for the 27-year-old, but Kaka says he wants to see out his contract with Milan which runs until 2013.

“I repeat, I am under contract until 2013 and I want to fulfil it except if Milan makes another decision,” Kaka told Aujourd’hui Sports.”If there is anything concrete we will see.

“Meanwhile, I have no talks with anyone and I don’t ask for anything.”

Manchester City failed to sign Kaka during the January transfer window and the Brazilian revealed his love for Milan made him turn down the lucrative offer from City.

“Manchester City? It is true, I thought about that proposition,” added Kaka.

“I have experienced a very important period in my life, which made me understand what Milan means to me.

“That event allowed me to understand a lot of things and now I am stronger. I weighed up the pros and cons.

“With my family we took stock about what could motivate me to leave or stay. It tipped the scales in favour of Milan. Indeed there was money, but that is not enough, because it is not the most important thing to me.

“I am convinced I will have again opportunities to win titles at Milan, which is also why I gave up that trial.

“I could also experience how much the fans love me. It is essential point to me, feeling love and support. It has helped me to make my decision.”

Kaka also played down suggestions that he recommended Milan sign Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

“I didn’t say we should sign Gerrard,” added Kaka.

“I was asked which player I liked and I named him because he is a huge player capable of doing anything on a pitch and there are very few players like him. That’s all.

“Moreover I believe such a transfer is unfortunately impossible.”

Never have the stakes been higher for a North-East derby as Newcastle and Middlesbrough do battle in a massive six-pointer at St James’ Park.

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