Club Focus – Real Madrid – Kaka’s Bernabeu stay nearing climax

Brazilian maestro Kaka could soon be on his way out of the Spanish capital and back to Milan according to the Real Madrid star’s father and agent.

Bosco Leite watched his son’s former employers on Monday night at the San Siro and was reported as saying: “If there are possibilities to do it? Let’s see what happens.” Speculation over the world’s second most costly player’s Santiago Bernabeu future has been mooted for the majority of the current campaign, with the 28-year-old enduring an injury hit season limiting the playmaker to just 11 appearances. Since Kaka signed a six-year deal with Los Blancos in June 2009, the ex-Sao Paulo prodigy has struggled with a succession of injuries and a lack of form – fuelling speculation Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho would be prepared to let the Brazil international move on.

German international Mesut Ozil’s rise to first team stardom in a Whites jersey has only served to raise question marks over whether Kaka is still needed. The young playmaker has taken his counterpart’s prized position behind a lone striker, seeing Kaka warm the bench more often than not in the last month. At 28, it would be wrong to suggest the 2007 Fifa World Player of the Year is past his best but Kaka has never really played with the same confidence and ease of which he made his name at the Bernabeu.

The reasons for the inconsistency may well be the result of the weight of pressure placed on the Brazilian’s shoulders when he moved to Spain, but perhaps more so the change and contrast in environments. Kaka, as is well documented is a devout evangelical Christian and it is possible he does not enjoy the same comfortable lifestyle in Madrid as he did in Milan. However, for a magician of his powers, off the field problems aside, he has disappointed.

Neither Mourinho nor Milan Coach Massimiliano Allegri would be drawn on the transfer speculation as expected, with both facing pivotal points in their respective seasons. This week, Real Madrid have had to quickly shirk the disappointment of last Saturday’s goalless draw in La Coruna against Deportivo to prepare for the midweek visit of Malaga. Mourinho’s men are currently seven points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona and know that by the time they kick off late on Thursday night they could well find themselves staring down the barrel at a 10 point deficit. Pep Guardiola’ Catalans host Valencia tonight and will be determined to restore their advantage to the full.

La Rosaleda are currently embroiled in a relegation battle and a trip to the Santiago Bernabeu probably does not stack high on their wish list. The Andalusian club have not recorded a single victory in 24 visits to the Whites’ headquarters and few would bet against that changing. Real Madrid have no new fresh injury headaches ahead of the clash and Los Blancos will again be training today and tomorrow at their Valdebebas training complex on the outskirts of the city.

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