Jul 2, 2013, 1:05 PM EST
Despite increased interest for his services from across the globe, Real Madrid midfielder Kaka is not going anywhere.
At least that’s what he wants.
With a year until the 2014 World Cup begins in Brazil, Kaka is adamant that his future remains at Madrid, under new manager Carlo Ancelotti who first took him to AC Milan in 2003 and helped elevate the Brazilian star into one of world soccer’s most memorable names.
Kaka, 31, believes he will be at Madrid next season and revealed plans to sit down with Ancelotti, who first brought him to Milan in 2003, when he returns from his recent trip to China promoting a game taking place between Chinese and Brazilian players.
“I still have a contract with Real Madrid. As the new manager is taking over, I will have an exchange of ideas with him, and I think I will stay at Real Madrid,” Kaka said from China.
But Kaka’s playing time at Madrid has dwindled drastically since he arrived in 2009 for a huge transfer fee of $100 million. A move away from the Spanish capital has seemed on the cards for quite some time, with even the New York Red Bulls and his old side Sao Paulo reportedly interested.
But Kaka wishes to remain in La Liga to help his chances of making the Brazilian national team squad for the World Cup in Brazil next summer.
“Scolari said the door of the national team is still open,” Kaka said, despite missing out on making Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Confederations Cup squad. “There is more than a year to go before the World Cup, and the season is just starting. From my heart, I hope I can be playing in the World Cup next year.”
With Kaka desperate to prove himself at Madrid for international recognition, it seems as though new Real manager Ancelotti will be the man to get the best out of him. Kaka won the World Player of the Year award and the Champions League under the Italian manager.
The Brazilian legend will be hoping he can kick start his career in the upcoming season. Big time.
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