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Real’s former record buy Kaka goes to Milan for free

The 31-year-old’s dramatic loss of form has also led to him being shelved from Brazil’s plans for the 2014 World Cup.

Milan | Published: September 3, 2013 2:40:55 am

Brazilian midfielder Kaka returned to AC Milan on Monday — on free transfer and a salary cut — after four unhappy years at Real Madrid during which he went from one of the world’s top players to an unhappy,over-priced,injury-prone reserve. The 31-year-old’s dramatic loss of form has also led to him being shelved from Brazil’s plans for the 2014 World Cup after he was left out of the Confederations Cup squad this year.

Kaka has been plagued by injuries over the last few years,including one to his left knee shortly after the 2010 World Cup. He made only 82 league appearances during his time at Real after his 65-million-euro ($85.71-million) move in 2009 and rarely played anything more than a supporting role. Some 300 supporters were waiting for Kaka outside Linate airport on Monday. “I’m very happy to be back,” he told reporters. “After a difficult period at Madrid,I had been dreaming about a return. I’m not happy that I left in 2009 but these are things that happen in football.

“I did everything I could for things to work out at Real Madrid and when I realised that there wasn’t much space for me,I asked to leave.”

He said he still believed that Milan could give him a springboard back to the Brazil squad in time for next year’s World Cup. Milan said that Kaka had signed a two-year contract for his return to San Siro. The announcement of his return came two days after midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng was surprisingly sold to Bundesliga club Schalke 04.

Kaka’s arrival,in a private jet along with chief executive Adriano Galliani,came exactly 10 years after he first set foot at the club as a fresh-faced youngster from Sao Paulo. During his first six-year spell at the club,Kaka became one of the world’s top players,helping Milan to win the Champions League in 2007.

Ozil to Arsenal?

At the time of going to print,Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil was heavily linked with a move to English side Arsenal. The deal,which is supposed to be worth $65 million,is pending a medical of the German midfielder,most English websites reported. If the transfer comes through,it will make Ozil both Germany and Arsenal’s highest valued player.

Manchester United were also allegedly trying to tie up deals for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera. Chelsea’s Juan Mata was linked with a move to French big spenders PSG.

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