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Latest update : 2009-06-08

Brazilian playmaker Kaka has signed a lucrative 5-year deal to join Real Madrid in a record 65-million-euro transfer, according to reports by Spanish media. Earlier today, Kaka told Italian media he had no intention of leaving AC Milan.

AFP - Brazilian playmaker Kaka has signed for Real Madrid from AC Milan in a 65-million-euro deal, Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported on Tuesday.
Newly-installed Real president Florentino Perez sealed the deal with AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani and Bosco Leite, father and agent of the 2007 world and European player of the year, Cadena Ser said.
Kaka, currently in Brazil with the national team ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Uruguay, will sign up for five years and a salary worth nine million euros a year, it added.
AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi had hinted at 27-year-old Kaka's departure moments before Cadena Ser had claimed he was indeed moving.
"I do not know if we can keep Kaka at Milan because they (Real) have offered him so much money," Berlusconi was quoted as saying by Italian press agency Ansa.
It comes on the same day as Kaka - who was courted by English Premiership side Manchester City back in January - was telling La Gazzetta dello Sport he had no intention of quitting Milan.
"I'll tell you this for the last time, the very last. I don't want to leave Milan. To the millions of Milan fans, I tell you that I've made my choice. I've said I want to stay. Leave me in peace, please," Kaka told La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.
"I want to continue to win with Milan. And from today, all discussion is over."
Should his transfer be confirmed officially it comes a day after Milan lost their coach Carlo Ancelotti, who agreed to take over as manager of English FA Cup winners Chelsea.
It had been hoped that his connection with Milan would have persuaded Kaka to also move, but those hopes appear to have been dashed.

Date created : 2009-06-02