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Kakagate: Cook - AC Bottled It

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Garry Cook opens up the fallout from the failed negotiations by blaming AC Milan's approach to the whole situation...

There's obviously more to this than meets the Blue eyes but one thing's for sure Cook and co have got a job on in attempting to disturb the established ranks of European football's elite...

The Executive Chairman told BBC 5 Live:

'The player was clearly for sale.

'We had entered into a confidentiality agreement weeks ago but, in my personal opinion, they [Milan] bottled it.

'We had gone through a three or four-stage process in which Milan made it quite clear Kaka was for sale and we made it clear we intended to bring him to Manchester City.

'As we got to the next stage there were questions they could not answer and I think the political and public pressure made them change their conditions.

'We never even met the player. We met his representative, his father, but we had discussed commercial terms only.

'The agenda we thought we were on was about Kaka coming on a journey with this club but at the end the only journey they were on was a fiscal one.

'We'll continue on our journey but he won't be a part of it. Deals with the greatest players are more than complex.

'It would have been great to have him with us but what got in the way was the behaviour of AC Milan and I think they bottled it.

'We got to talk to Kaka's father. His father said he was very interested in the project and we talked about humanitarian potential factors but when we got into discussions those issues took a back seat and financial demands came to the fore.'


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 20 2009

Time: 10:19AM

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Does your Executive Chairman always talk gibberish? I have no idea what he is talking about.
chocolate teapot
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20/01/2009 10:37:00

Luckily I have a MBA but I do know what you mean. The official statement last night was a gem lol. This is the only version that adds up when we consider what Kaka said. OMG we had the money agreed weeks ago and no one knew until Milan released info last week. He was ours last night. Ah well it was good to know. Cooke looked really determined to keep driving the club forward. This morning he seemed tired and annoyed with the last minute about turn by Milan and prob the behaviour of cry baby Rob. Determined enough to be undeterred by all the jealousy and carry on with the same strategy which is great. Part of being a City fan is to be a rebel to the bland, why behave the way the Sky4 and the establishment want us to. We are City and can have as much ambition as our dreams and owners pockets can allow.
City Girl
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20/01/2009 10:42:00

Kaka has chosen to stay at Milan.......we move on.......
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20/01/2009 11:04:00

Sour grapes, oops!
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20/01/2009 11:25:00

I don't think Cook is helping, he is just making himself look more and more inept. Or at the very least, massively naive and way out of his depth! We moan about Kenyon and how he does business but transfer dealings are a unique animal at the top echelons of football and not a very nice one at that, all about point scoring, posturing and positioning.
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20/01/2009 11:53:00

The truth is NEITHER COOK NOR OWNER OF MILAN have to balls to accept defeat oy saying that they mke a mistake.Milan for their fans & City for their BIG EGO which was hurt very badly.LOL Messi,
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20/01/2009 12:28:00

To be fair, it wasn't as if it was Garry Cook v AC Milan. We had an entire delegation there including a board member from Abu Dhabi. I don't think Garry Cook had the final say on this one so I think people need to calm down- this decision came from the top. It is a shame he isn't playing for us but if he was just interested in money and Milan was just interested in publicity then the decision was the right one to make.
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20/01/2009 12:40:00

Please lets not be beastly to our Gazza. He is fully paid up memberof the sky blue revolution, not only has a small GC on the front of his suit jacket and trousers but is the first executive to be given a squad number. Btw is it just me or has anyone else noticed a slight similarity between our beloved leader 'Bluesy' and the USA's slightly less beloved ex leader 'Dubya'. It's the eyes, they're just a teeny-weeny bit too close together.
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20/01/2009 12:45:00

Berlusconi is absolutely milking it today and in characteristic style talking about his part in the situation. Something stinks..."I didn't say a single word to push him to City, but what I did say was enough to convince him to remain [with Milan. I am really happy that Kaka is still in Milan as he has shown that he not someone who just looks at the money, but someone who has principles and values, such as the attachment to the Milan shirt. He also has the recognition of the club and president who launched his career."
Johnny Baguette
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20/01/2009 17:10:00

Hey on the bright side, you've got another goal-shy striker to already add to your talented list of strikers....
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20/01/2009 17:47:00

Can we now get back to reality, as nice as it would have been to watch the man pull on the shirt it isn't going to happen forget the "he said she said" and start looking for more realistic targets to move the club forward.
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20/01/2009 19:24:00

We should aim to develop what we have IMHO. Bojinov and Sturridge, young lads who could become superstars. Sod the likes of Kaka and RSC.
Johnny Baguette
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20/01/2009 19:28:00


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