AC Milan have reacted angrily to reports suggesting that Brazilian superstar Kaka has asked to be allowed to leave the San Siro for Real Madrid.
Spanish newspaper AS quoted the midfielder on Sunday as asking to be left to go to the Bernabeu in a deal supposedly worth 95 million euros with Brazilian midfielder Emerson and striker Antonio Cassano heading in the opposite direction to the European champions.
AS quoted Kaka as saying: 'I have won everything there is to win with AC Milan and I have given all to this club. But now Real Madrid wants me and I would gladly accept this challenge. But Berlusconi decides and I hope he listen's carefully to Real's requests.'
AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi, linked with a move for Internazionale's Adriano at the weekend, was quoted as leaving the door open on negotiations, saying: 'Kaka is currently a Milan player and he will presumably still play a long time for us. But I also have to think about the development of the team. And I will listen to what Real has to say to me.'
But AC Milan have posted a withering response to AS's report on their official website. The statement says: 'AC Milan communicate that they will no longer reproduce the lies published in the Spanish newspaper AS.'
In a fashion reminiscent to the prelude of Real's capture of stars like Ronaldo, Beckham and Zidane, it seems AS have begun a phoney war in trying to tempt one of the world's top names to the Spanish champions.