Paul Parker

Kaka move would be madness

Paul Parker

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I hope for Manchester
City's sake that they do not sign Kaka. I think it would
be damaging to the club and to the wider game.

I've got a lot of
respect for Kaka, who is a wonderful player, but I'm
afraid I would lose that respect if he accepted a move to City.

If you are Milan,
it is hard to turn down £90 million for one player, but I simply can't imagine why Kaka would go through with it.

He is meant to be a religious man, a family man; somebody
who is concerned with more than money and is not a mercenary. Surely common sense must tell him that you do not leave AC
Milan for Manchester
City.

Robinho joining City was crazy enough - this would take it to
a whole new level and send out a terrible message that money rules everything
in football.

When I signed for Manchester United I could have joined
Tottenham, the club I supported as a boy. I would have been paid more money and
been able to keep living close to home in Essex.
Plus it was a glamorous team managed by Terry Venables.

But I wanted to play for the biggest and best-supported club
in the country, where I thought I could achieve something - and I was lucky that
I coincided with the start of United's
success.

I didn't cheat
myself by taking the easy way out, and Kaka would be cheating himself if he
took the money and moved to a club that is desperate and volatile.

I can't imagine
what Mark Hughes makes of all this. I know Sparky well and you can be sure that
it is not his idea.

Mark was a talented player but it was his determination and
work ethic that made him special - that was the ethos he took to Blackburn and that he is trying to introduce at City.

This is not the Mark Hughes way. He is being forced into it
by people who are treating the club as a toy. It's
about telling their mates they can get Kaka to play for their club.

There is a risk that after a while they will get bored and
want to do something different. I sincerely hope they are serious about the
club and want to make a long-term commitment.

City should concentrate on shoring up their defence - as
they did with the signing of Wayne
Bridge - and helping
Richard Dunne and Micah Richards rediscover their form.

The pursuit of Kaka undermines all that and jeopardises the stability in the dressing-room. How would Stephen Ireland feel about it? He has come
through the ranks and been far and away City's
best player this season. But there is no way you could play him, Robinho and
Kaka in the same team.

In any case, it wouldn't
be the same Kaka we see playing for Milan and Brazil. It's like putting a Rolls Royce engine into a Honda
Civic.

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