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Kaka Stays With AC Milan, Rejects Record Manchester City Bid

16578kakaIt’s not all about the Benjamins, nor, apparently, is it all about the Elizabeths.

Brazilian star Kaka rejected Manchester City’s £500,000 per week offer to stay with AC Milan, thwarting what would have been the largest transfer in the history of international football.

“After Saturday’s game many people showed me their support,” Kaka said.  “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.”

Milan had accepted a £91m bid for the 26-year-old and allowed Manchester City to negotiate.  Despite Manchester City offering to triple his salary – he’s already currently the top-paid player in Serie A – Kaka would not agree to a transfer.

Manchester City called off the deal, convinced Kaka would not reconsider.

Stirred into a froth, Sky Blue supporters must content themselves with Craig Bellamy.

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Benitez Rejects New Contract: How Much Longer Will Rafa Be the Gaffa?

rafa-benitez-2Rafa Benitez rejected a new Liverpool contract, because he will not be given complete autonomy over transfer policy.

Benitez wanted to hire a director of football type person, answerable to himself, who would handle transfer negotiations within a predetermined budget.  Current transfer control rests with chief executive Rick Parry.

Having that infrastructure would avoid situations similar to last summer’s Gareth Barry saga.  Benitez spent nearly three months orchestrating an £18m deal for the Villa midfielder, only to have it vetoed by the club’s owners.

According to the Times, Hicks supports that plan, but Gillett and Parry do not.

Real Madrid will be looking for a permanent manager after this season.  If Liverpool don’t sort the situation to the Benitez’s satisfaction, don’t discount a return to his home country.

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Calderon Resigns as Real Madrid President

ramon_calderonReal Madrid president Ramon Calderon resigned his position at the club, after the revelation of vote rigging at the club’s assembly in December.

Marca, normally de facto PR for Real Madrid, named ten individuals whom Calderon was accused of planting at the club’s assembly.  The false members allegedly voted for Calderon and operated loudly for him.

On Wednesday, Calderon fired Luis Barcena, the club’s director of members, and, Nanin, a 25-year-old employee who acknowledged sneaking in the candidates.  He did not say why, only that he had followed orders.

Calderon insisted he did not know the men, but a follow-up report connected four of the men with Calderon’s family.

He faced pressure for many grievances, notably failing to sign Cristiano Ronaldo and Cesc Fabregas.

Calderon was elected in 2006.  He faced another election in 2010.

The strife at the top already adds to an unstable managerial situation and tension from their adrift league position.

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Friday Headlines:

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Sacha Kljestan will have a trial before a potential transfer to Celtic. (Soccer By Ives)

Owen Hargreaves is a Phoenix Suns fan. (Kickette)

Rio Ferdinand debuts his new lifestyle magazine. (The Spoiler)

A Premier League star lost £1m during a bad night in a casino.  Ahem…Rooney. (Daily Star)

A West Ham academy kid chose music over football, signing a £1m record deal to play saxophone. (Off the Post)

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One Step Closer to Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo Trademarks “CR9”

ronaldopfa2007Cristiano Ronaldo has copyrighted “CR9” in his home country of Portugal, sparking even further speculation he’s off to Real Madrid.

Ronaldo already owns “CR7,” emblazoned on a boutique and other merchandise. 

Should he move to Real Madrid, however, Ronaldo would need to change his number as Raul already wears the number 7 shirt.

The 23-year-old already announced he’s learning Spanish.  A Portuguese bank has a sponsorship deal with him that kicks in, if he moves to Spain.

The only worse kept secret than Ronaldo moving to Real Madrid next summer is LeBron signing with the Knicks in 2010.

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Manchester City Offers AC Milan $146 Mil for Kaka

The Big Lead » Blog Archive » Manchester City Offers AC Milan $146 Mil for Kaka.

Filed under: Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Rumor

Times Fooled By Masal Bugduv Prank

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Masal Bugduv was a Moldovan maestro, and the next big footballing thing from Eastern Europe.  Arsenal and Liverpool were fighting for the sixteen year-old striker’s signature.  He was #30 on the Times’ Top 50 young players list.  The youngster had optimistic prospects.  There was only one problem.  He doesn’t exist.

A series of blog posts and fake AP wires created Bugduv.  Someone sloppy in the mainstream media ran with him. 

Bugduv’s Wikipedia page seemingly confirmed his existence, cheekily created by a user, masalbugduv.

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AC Milan Reject £91m ($132m) Offer from Manchester City for Kaka

200px-kaka061115Manchester City made a record-breaking £91m ($132m) bid to AC Milan for Brazilian star Kaka.  Milan rejected it.

The transfer would have trumped the record £46m paid by Real Madrid to Juventus for Zinedine Zidane in 2001.  Reports indicated Manchester City were willing to offer Kaka £500,000 per week, roughly three times the current top salary in the Premier League.

Kaka’s agent said the 26-year-old would have spoken to Manchester City, should the club have agreed to a fee with A.C. Milan.  Though, Kaka expressed his wish to stay with the Rossoneri.

“What happens will be decided by Milan.  I will be here until they don’t want me here,” Kaka said.  “As long as my aims are the same as the club’s aims, I would like to remain here.”

Rejecting the offer was sensible for Milan.  Kaka is irreplaceable, even a palatable replacement could cost £30m.  Milan receives a minimum of about £40m for playing in the Champions League next season, far more likely with Kaka than without him.

Because Kaka has a ten-percent fee clause, £9.1m of the transfer money would have gone directly to him.

UPDATE: The deal may not be off after all.

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Wednesday Headlines: Did Nike Make Ronaldo Choose Corinthians?

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Flamengo think Nike engineered Ronaldo’s move to Corinthians. (Goal)

Everybody Loves Beckham. (The Beautiful Game)

Wenger tells fans to expect more from Bendtner.  So he’s going to wear an all-pink wardrobe and leak Arsene’s new age handouts as well as the lineup to the opposition? (Arsenal-Mania)

Ten worst transfer fees of all time. (The Spoiler)

The Madoff scandal may have prevented the Mets’ owners from buying Newcastle (SportsbyBrooks)

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Franck Ribery Takes Team Bus For a Spin

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