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Kaka plays down talk of leaving AC Milan this summer

AC Milan star Kaka insists he has no plans to follow Carlo Ancelotti to Chelsea or Real Madrid should the coach decide to leave the San Siro this summer.

Ancelotti is under contract with Milan for a further year but the 49-year-old tactician has been strongly linked with a move to London or Madrid in the summer.

Reports in Italy claim Ancelotti wants to see his top star at Milan, Kaka, join him at his next club.

"I am tied to the club, and of course, to the coach," Kaka said. "But I have a contract through 2013 with Milan and not with Carlo Ancelotti.

"Right now my contract speaks clearly and with regards to any transfer news related to me it will be the club that speaks."

Kaka turned down a record-breaking move to Manchester City in January and insists his wish is to remain in Milan despite Real Madrid and Chelsea among the clubs keen to acquire his services.

"Manchester City's offer in January was real," Kaka said. "But if in the future the club decides to evaluate other offers for me, it will be the club to announce it.

"If now they don't say anything it must be that there are no offers. I am happy here. In the future many things can happen, but it's difficult to imagine myself far from Milan.

"As I have said many times, until Milan and I have the same aims, there will be no problems."

Kaka has lent his support to speculation linking Marco van Basten with the managerial position at AC Milan.

The Brazilian playmaker believes Van Basten would be a fantastic successor to current boss Ancelotti, should the latter decide to move to Chelsea this summer.

"Van Basten? I would be happy to be coached by someone that is part of AC Milan's history," Kaka said.

Milan confirmed they would reveal Ancelotti's future by Monday provided the team beat Roma this weekend to secure a direct spot in next season's Champions League.

Van Basten, a Rossoneri legend who has coached Holland and most recently Ajax, was in Milan this week increasing speculation he could guide the club next season.

Kaka nevertheless hopes Ancelotti will again turn down a move to Chelsea as the 49-year-old did last summer and continue to guide the Rossoneri.

"For me Ancelotti is still the best coach that Milan can have," said Kaka. "The team feels comfortable with him and he is capable of leading the changing room like no-one else.

"The rumours regarding Ancelotti's future have not created any problems within the team because for some time now there has been talk of his possible departure.

"We are obviously saddened by those rumours but we all, including Ancelotti, are just focusing in Sunday's game and we will wait until Monday when all will be revealed."

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