Cagliari hang onto Thiago Ribeiro
"I have nothing against Cagliari, but I told their directors I won't play there anymore because my head is in Brazil and my daughter," he told Superesportes on Monday.
"Even if they bought me outright, I would ask for a loan move to South America, as I have to see her grow up. I will return to Brazil, one way or another."
However, late this evening Cagliari released a statement confirming they have paid the outstanding sum on July 1.
"Therefore all allegations and comments over the player's contractual position are unfounded."