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Manchester City Left Broken Hearted By Kaka

So it’s all off then, Kaka has shunned the millions on offer to switch the San Siro for Eastlands, turned his back on an alleged £500,000 a week ( A measly take home salary of £260,000 per week after tax) and declared his love for AC Milan. Am I surprised? A little bit, but it’s certainly reaffirmed a bit of faith for me in footballers when someone can turn down astronomical wages to stay where they are. I thought that even a deeply religious man as Kaka is, would have his head turned by Manchester City’s overtures toward him but it was not to be. Manchester City are now beginning to realise the scale of the task ahead of them to attract anyone of any real quality to join them. Sure Wayne Bridge is an accomplished player, but one of the best 10 left backs in the world? No. Is Craig Bellamy, 29 years old and on his 8th club already,  a man who could start an argument in a graveyard, one of the top 50 strikers in the world today? No he’s not. If Nigel De Jong was as good as they think he is, he wouldn’t be with SV Hamburg. Apologies to Hamburg fans and your fantastic manager.

It finally proves that to some players money isn’t everything. Whilst I appreciate the fact he’s on a fair whack at Milano, around £150,000 a week, Kaka realises the scale of the job ahead of Manchester City’s owners to attract anyone to join them at Eastlands. Are they going to play European football next season? It looks a major long shot at this point with only two routes open to them, winning the UEFA Cup or applying to join through the Intertoto Cup and at the moment both look well out of City’s reach. We are now beginning to see the calibre of players who will go to City and the ones who will not, Robinho, Bellamy, Bridge, Jo. It’s long way from Kaka, Messi, Aguero and Ribery. The owners will be stunned I suspect that for some people money is not everything, to build the highest building in the world, only for the people to declare how ugly it is.

I think the owners bought the club and assumed that money would bring everyone there. They’re now beginning to realise it’s not the case. City, traditionally one of Britain’s best supported clubs, are not a European household name, haven’t won a trophy in 40 years and were in the third tier of English football as recently as 1999. They cannot offer a history of success, as Manchester United, Liverpool and even Arsenal and Chelsea in recent years can do. When you bring European sides into the mix, the lure of the lush warmer climes of Spain and Italy, history and passion go against them as well. If they can’t match sides in England, what about Barcelona, Internazionale, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Juventus, Bayern Munich, even Lyon. Nationallocation goes against them too as their two successful near neighbours can offer Champions League football, well balanced squads and and a winning ethic. Big players want the chance to win big trophies and Manchester City simply cannot do that, instead of trying to build a Mancunian Barcelona, they should look back in recent history and use Blackburn’s template to try and get to the top in England first. Then perhaps they can look to higher quality signings once they become a top 6 side.

Unfortunately, it seems that to compound the issues with Kaka, Robinho has walked out of the Manchester City training camp in Tenerife, apparently due to a disagreement over being allowed to have his birthday in Brazil. City have not given a reason for him leaving the camp as yet and one of the local English speaking Tenerife Radio station, Oasis FM (now that is ironic) are currently running a “Have you seen Robinho” phone in competition this morning. For Manchester City fans, they hope someone spots him soon.

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  1. AtlantaPompey

    January 21, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I personally was thrilled to see him turn the offer down. He makes more money now than he could possibly spend, he plays for one of the most storied clubs in world football, he has the opportunity to compete for prestigious trophies for as long as he stays there, and he's adored by his club's supporters.

    At ManCity, he walks into a relegation fight, not much chance of European football next year, the club is looking up at a minimum of 4 clubs that play better and more like 8 or 9, and the club is years away from having any level of prestige comparable to the likes of AC Milan. It would have made no sense, apart from the money, to leave Milan for Manchester.

  2. ish

    January 21, 2009 at 5:25 am

    yep, chelsea may not have been a strong side b4 roman but we were still around the everton/aston villa level of challenging for at least some honours. They had an ok squad with 1 or 2 very good players and that allowed them to win honours. Then roman came and gave ranieri money, we got some very good players and should really have won the CL that year.
    ManCity has a couple of good players but alot of trash. Honestly with manCitys money it should be easy getting some decent players in, bellamy for 14mill is stupid. Lets say that they would suffer the chelsea effect where clubs would sell at stupid prices because they knew manCity would pay, they could still get hernanes, hangeland, glen johnson and a decent DM(they have de jong but i would really aim for someone with exp who can add some steel and class, mehmet aurelio and engelaar would be willing)
    I guess City thinks that with money its enough, they should aim for young players in mid tier clubs and older players in mid tier clubs to really get a chance at signing good players

  3. patrick

    January 20, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I agree 100% that the new owner thought that he's become an instant Chelsea. But Chelsea went from being a lower ten table team in the early 90's to a top ten team. They had the groundwork laid out. and of course they also had Zola. And if you look back on the first moves of the Russian revolution, it was for established PL players, like Lampard. Chelsea's Kaka was Steven Gerrard, whose main reason for not making the switch was playing Champions League football.

    I like Man City, they have great support, always play an attacking game and give great entertainment value but since Frank Sinatra and now the Prince of UAE they seem to lack the luster. and just seem like a charity team of all stars playing for their favorite charity of all, themselves.

    And every time you sign a Robinho to play for they paycheck, one step you get from greatness. and Bellamy won't add any warm and fuzzy to the mix either.

    I hope they find their way.

  4. AlbanScot

    January 20, 2009 at 5:40 am

    You say that there are only 2 routes open to Manchester City to play in europe; winning the UEFA Cup or applying to join through the Intertoto Cup.

    There is no more Intertoto Cup, the new Europa Cup replaces the Uefa and the Intertoto Cups and I reckon there are 3 routes left;

    To win the Uefa Cup, to qualify through their premier league placing and there is an outside chance of England gaining a Fair Play place like last season which again would go to the next placed in the league

    I do totally agree though that any european football next season looks well out of City’s reach, especially if a team outside the top 5 wins the League Cup and/or the FA Cup as they would then qualify for europe taking away european qualification from the 7th and 6th placed teams in the league.

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