[QODLink]
Football

Kaka returns to AC Milan

Brazilian midfielder takes a pay cut to return to Italian side AC Milan after four unhappy years at Real Madrid.

Last Modified: 02 Sep 2013 12:49
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Kaka loss of form at the Spanish giants has seen him potentially miss out on a spot on Brazilís World Cup squad [AFP]

Brazilian midfielder Kaka has completed a return to AC Milan on a two-year contract after the Serie A side agreed a deal with Real Madrid, the Italian club confirmed Monday.

"Done deal", Milan's managing director Adriano Galliani announced on the club's website, with Milan adding that discussions ran until "between 0230 and 0300 CET in the morning (on Monday)".

According to the Italian press, Real allowed the 31-year-old to return to his former club on a free transfer, having paid $85m to bring Kaka to Madrid in 2009.

Paycut

The Brazilian was also said to have taken a significant pay cut to facilitate his move to the San Siro, accepting an annual salary of around $5m plus bonuses, a considerable reduction from the $13 a year he received in Madrid.

"I'm going home!", the player told journalists at a Madrid airport before boarding a flight to Milan, where he is expected to land shortly after Monday lunchtime.

"I'm very happy, the talks took a long time. I want to thank the fans and my teammates for their support," added Kaka.

Kaka's first spell at the Rossoneri, from 2003 to 2009, coincided with his rise to prominence that culminated in him winning the 2007 Ballon d'Or after leading Milan to the Champions League title that year.

Kaka, who has scored 29 goals in 87 appearances for his country, last week made a public plea to be able to leave the Spanish giants as he looks towards cementing a place in the Brazilian national side ahead of next year's World Cup.

Coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday praised the Brazilian's attributes and said he had "faith" a deal could be struck for Kaka.

"Kaka would strengthen us. He's versatile, and his technical attributes would be a big plus to the team," said Allegri.

"We still have two and a half days till the end of the transfer window and the club is working on it. I have faith."

Milan's push to bolster their squad before Monday's transfer deadline comes days after they qualified for the group stages of the Champions League.

372

Source:
AFP
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
Frustration grows in Kiev as pledges to end corruption and abuse of power stagnate after Maidan Square protest.
Thousands of Houthi supporters have called for the fall of Yemen's government. But what do the Houthis really want?
New ration reductions and movement restrictions have refugees from Myanmar anxious about their future in Thailand.
US lawyers say poor translations of election materials disenfranchise Native voters.
US drones in Pakistan have killed thousands since 2004. How have leaders defended or decried these deadly planes?
join our mailing list