Club Focus – Real Madrid – Kaka injury woe raises question marks over future

Kaka’s future at Real Madrid has been put into doubt again this week following news of a reoccurring injury to the playmaker’s left knee and rumours his former employers Milan are keen to re-sign the player they sold less than two years.

The Brazilian international picked up a knock away to Deportivo La Coruna towards the end of February and medical examinations revealed he now faces up to three weeks on the sidelines. This latest setback is just one of many in what has been a stuttering Los Blancos career to date. In August last year the ex-Sao Paulo starlet had to undergo surgery to cure his long standing knee pain, seeing him miss five months of the campaign.

The news Kaka has again tweaked that same knee has added fuel to the fire among the doubters over the player’s future. With the Brazil star’s contract at the Santiago Bernabeu not concluding until 2015, Jose Mourinho could be tempted to offload a player he hailed as “a new signing” upon his return away to Getafe in January.

Ever since his first appearance under the Portuguese Coach, Kaka has been left to warm the substitutes bench as Mourinho has appeared reluctant to experiment with the attacker in his disciplined ways of working.

Kaka’s previous club Milan, with whom he enjoyed six successful years, have suggested in the Italian media they would welcome back the fans’ favourite with open arms – but the ex-Rosseneri star would have to settle for a discounted salary. Diavolo Vice President Adriano Galliani said: “Kaka’s return to Milan? Ricardo earns too much, because in Spain they pay less taxes.

“I am sorry that he has problems in Madrid, but to come back to us he would have to drop a lot of his salary. We can afford the wage of only one [player like] Ibrahimovic.”

Indeed, Silvio Berlusconi – owner of the Serie A giants – declared: “Should he want to come back, it would be good news. Anyway, I don’t think it is possible, not at this moment. But should he want to come back, this would really be great news for Milan and for all supporters.”

Should Kaka return to the San Siro in the summer, it would single the end of a spell in the Spanish capital which has not met or exceeded the expectation put upon the Brazilian when he was heroically unveiled to the Bernabeu faithful in June 2009. Back then the world record transfer fee of nearly £60m bought football’s sceptics to a standstill, but all was soon forgotten as Madrid eclipsed that figure with the capture of Cristiano Ronaldo just weeks later.

With question marks over both form and fitness, it looks unlikely Kaka will play a major role in Madrid’s end of season run-in, but that said, a former World Player of the Year of Kaka’s ilk should not be dismissed completely.

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