Monday, September 02, 2013
REAL MADRID RELEASES KAKA FOR FREE TO AC MILAN DESPITE PAYING £56 MILLION FOR HIM 4 YEARS AGO
Brazilian Kaka has left Real Madrid and rejoined former club AC Milan on a two year deal
The 31-year-old had revealed last week that he wanted to leave the Bernabeu after four years - having joined from Milan for a reported 70million euros (£56million) in 2009 - and Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani moved quickly to persuade the 2007 Ballon d'Or winner to return to Serie A.
However, it is understood the Spanish La Liga club have allowed the forward to leave on a free transfer, after talks between Galliani, Real president Florentino Perez and the player lasted until the early hours of Monday morning despite the hefty fee paid for his services in 2009
A Milan statement said: "Last night after 20:00 CET, thanks to the traditionally good relationship between the two clubs, Real Madrid and Milan reached and formalised an agreement for the transfer of Ricardo Kaka into Rossonero colours.
"And overnight, a little before 03:00 CET in the morning, an agreement was reached with the world-class Brazilian."
After leaving Sao Paolo as a teenager in 2003, Kaka won the Champions League and one Scudetto during his six years in Milan - also landing the prestigious Ballon d'Or award in 2007 - and lifted the Primera Division trophy, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Supercup with Real.
Kaka was an increasingly isolated figure during the three-year tenure of Jose Mourinho and Sunday's signing of Wales winger Gareth Bale from Tottenham for a world-record 100million euros fee would have pushed the Brazilian further down the pecking order.