Murmurings about the future of Kaka have moved around these parts like Chinese whispers of late, speculation about moves to the Premier League have been rife, with Manchester City and Chelsea supposedly considering Summer swoops.
It now appears that there is no truth in these rumours, well that is if the player gets his way! He has spoken out and told of his desire to remain at Real Madrid with the aim of helping them win a trophy or two.
Kaka’s move to Madrid was hailed as a huge move in world football, and I suppose it was pretty big. The Brazilian who spent the majority of his career wowing people in Milan moved to Spain and much was expected, however it is fair to say that things have not exactly panned out as many thought.
His time in Spain to be fair has been blighted by injury and he has found a consistent run of games difficult to come by, now approaching the end of his second season with the club he has only appeared in 34 games, 9 of which were this term. His form has obviously suffered as a result of this, and he has slipped down the pecking order behind new attacking talent Angel Di Maria and Mesut Ozil and with the added presence of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Brazilian has found it difficult to break back into the team.
His form however is showing signs of improving since he made his first appearance of the season in January he has scored 4 La Liga goals in his 9 games. He has taken a recent opportunity to speak out on his future and put the rumours to bed, goal.com have brought us the quotes from Spanish sports newspaper AS, the player has said:
“My long injury has been seen as a pretence that I wanted to leave Real Madrid….There is absolutely no truth to this rumour….I am very happy here, and I want to recuperate and return to my best, winning a lot of trophies with Real.”.
Whilst it is true that injury has made his settling into a new club difficult, there are still question marks for me over how much Jose Mourinho may want to keep him. Clearly a fine player, but with his niggling injury problems and the form of Ozil, Ronaldo and Di Maria it remains to be seen how many games he can get in the future. Kaka on top form would walk straight into the team but whether he can rekindle that form remains to be seen.
The other important factor is the money that Real could bring in if they were to sell him, realistically it is only Manchester City and Chelsea that could afford to move for the player, and they may be tempted to do so. Madrid could strengthen massively in other key areas should they receive enough money for the Brazilian.
Clearly the player will want to remain and prove his worth, I personally don’t think that is up for debate. I suspect that the hierarchy in the Spanish capital will give him one more year to prove his worth. So maybe with this statement he will remain for next season, but if he gets injured again, or doesn’t rediscover his form Jose and his colleagues could be sorely tempted to cash in.
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