Kaka leaves Real Madrid for a joyous reunion with AC Milan
The cult-hero of the Devils has returned to San Siro. Kaka has ended his three-year stay at Real Madrid only to return to AC Milan. The deal went through during the final moments of the transfer window as the coveted Brazilian himself stepped forward to confirm his transfer to the Rossoneri.
Kaka was greeted by an electrified crowd at the Linate airport on Monday. The player’s supporters cheered and chanted about the 31-year-old Brazil international, who led AC Milan to many memorable victories during his six-year stay at the Italian club.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was eager to keep Kaka in his squad, but the former Rossoneri boss didn’t guarantee Kaka a position in the starting line-up. Seeing that his career at Real Madrid had come to an end due to the arrival of Isco and Gareth Bale, it soon became clear that Kaka wanted a moveaway.
The Brazilian attacking midfielder officially handed in his transfer request during the last week of the transfer window, although he was already being linked with a move to AC Milan. The current San Siro boss Massimiliano Allegri has welcomed Kaka to the club. Allegri also admits that the club’s fans had a hard time seeing their beloved son sold to Real Madrid in 2009.
AC Milan’s vice-president Adriano Galliani was present at Lombardy to see Kaka, who had a huge smile upon returning home.
“After a difficult time in Madrid, this is great for me and I’m really delighted,” Kaka told reporter outside of the airport after landing. “I was sad to leave in the first place, but these things happen and now, with four years more experience, I’m delighted to return.”
Kaka is handed back his 22 number jersey, but before that he was sent off to clear his medical. The transfer fees of the player haven’t been disclosed yet, but it is believed that Kaka has inked a two-year contract with AC Milan.
“I’m Kaka, I’m 31 and I want to have the same joy I had with this team in the past,” Kaka said. “We’ve got a young side with great players who share my desire to do really well. I’m delighted to have Robinho as a team-mate too.
“We play together in the national team and I’m delighted to be in the same club team as him. I think [playing for] Milan could take me to play another World Cup with Brazil, but I’ve got to play here. It was the right time to leave Real.
“I did all I could there, but things were not working out and when Carlo [Ancelotti] arrived and I saw I would get even less room, I knew it was the right moment to leave and return home, which is what I am doing -- I’m returning home.”
Kaka also revealed that he had to take a drastic cut in his salary in order to return to AC Milan, but he admits he isn’t bothered by that fact since playing for the Rossoneri brought happiness to him.
“Money was never my first motivation,” Kaka said. “I wouldn’t say that I’m not earning well, but that’s never been my primary motivation.”