AC Milan midfielder Emerson has denied quotes attributed to him in which he claimed Real Madrid would succeed where Manchester City failed this week if they tried to lure his team-mate Kaka away from the San Siro.
Emerson gave a long interview to Spanish newspaper AS, revealing he feels the pulling power of his former club Madrid, who have long been linked with a move for Kaka, means they would stand a good chance of landing his compatriot if they were to launch a bid.
However, when asked about his comments by the Italian media last night, the Brazilian insisted he had said no such thing.
"No, it's not true," Emerson told Studio Sport, a television show which is part of AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi's Mediaset network. "I never spoke about Kaka going to Real Madrid, someone misunderstood me.
"I only said that Kaka had had a few difficult days, then he took the best decision, which no one can argue with.
"It's normal that they talk a lot about him in Spain because he is an important player, but luckily Kaka is still a Milan player."
Emerson spoke at length about his team-mate in the interview and AS quoted him as saying Kaka was "thinking of a future at Madrid".
"I've said all along that Madrid have wanted Kaka for the last two years. To be a real top player you have to play for Madrid. If Kaka has the chance to go to Madrid, he shouldn't think twice about it," he reportedly said.
"Kaka is very intelligent. He is very young, he does not only have to think about money. Madrid's interest is not official, but he is thinking of a future at Madrid."