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Man City chief Cook: Kaka flak hurt

Manchester City chief Garry Cook admits the flak he copped for the failed Kaka deal stung.

"It wasn't nice being criticised over Kaká. People weren't aware of the facts of that deal," Cook told The Times. "But this year has been a great learning experience. It has been a rollercoaster. I cried when we equalised at Blackburn. I had to ask for a cigarette after the penalty shoot-out in Aalborg in the Uefa Cup.

"My wife Wendy picked up The Times and said, 'So you've taken up smoking now, have you?' But nobody feels the emotions quite like Mark. He's a winner and he's the ideal person to create a culture of winning at this club."

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