KAKA TARGETS a Selecao return but for now he focuses on his new role at Milan, where he hopes to teach and learn.
Kaka will play with the Rossoneri for the first time today since leaving in 2009 for Real Madrid and it will be in a friendly match against the Swiss Chiasso. Ricky returned to Milan earlier this week and has already been presented to the press.
It’s hard to imagine that Kaka will play at the 2007 level but Ricky will still have a very important roll, both on the pitch and the dressing room, as he will – perhaps for the first time in his career – be the one that needs to guide the youngsters.
“My return? I’m very happy to return to Milan. It’s a great opportunity to take the pitch again. I really needed it, so I think the decision I’ve made is ideal,” Kaka told the radio station Jovem Pan, as reported by the website Milannews.it. “My number? I’ll wear 22 because it’s the shirt that I’ve always worn here. There was also a survey on the social networks and 22 won.
“My role? It should be the one of the trequartista. We haven’t done a tactical training yet but I think I’ll be behind the two strikers. Why it didn’t work at Real Madrid? I’ve thought about it several times and I’ve concluded that it was down to the lack of continuity. I haven’t had many injuries – only two: one in the groin in 2008 and then I had a knee surgery after the World Cup in 2010. When I came back from the injuries, Mourinho had already brought several players who he trusts more.
“I tried to win back a place but I couldn’t do it and I thought it was the best to leave. Mourinho? I don’t blame anyone. I tried and I fought and I was always available. I think I did well in the times in which I selected. Mourinho, like every coach, chooses and uses the players in which he has trust. I’ve learned a lot on the professional level as well as on the personal level at Real Madrid. I learned that I need to have more patience and fight harder. It was great to work with Mourinho.
“The feeling of never really being away from Milan? It’s a strange emotion but it is what it is. I received great affection when I returned to Milanello. Regardless of the results of my move to Madrid, I’m happy that I was there, it’s a very special club.
“The fact that Milan is now young and the different role in the dressing room? I’ve a different responsibility,” the 31-year-old added. “I learned a lot from the experienced players at Sao Paulo, Milan, Real and the Brazil national team. Now I have this role which is new for me. I’m one of the more experienced players at Milan and I’d be happy to teach and also learn.
“There are many young people here that can show me many new things. The reduction is the salary and the free transfer? Real Madrid reached an agreement with Milan. The money is not the priority. It’s nice to win and be rewarded for your work but the money has never been my primary motivation. In 2009 I could’ve gone to Manchester City and earn more (they offered Milan over €100m too) but I’ve always thought of football as a passion and the money only comes as a result of it.
“The experience at Milan? I have a very beautiful story here. I miss just a few goals to get to 100 goals at Milan, only 5 are missing. I hope the number will increase. The 2014 World Cup in Brazil? I think a lot about a return to the national team and the World Cup in Brazil. But it all depends of what I will here at Milan, if I have continuity and get good results.
“The World Cup is the secondary objective – the first is to play well and be happy. The rumours about a possible return to a Brazilian club? Just rumours. In December 2012 I spoke with Sao Paulo but there was nothing concrete. There were just inquiries but nothing that drew me to return. Ideas for the rest of my career? I honestly don’t know. I have two years on my contract with Milan. If my priority would be to go back to Sao Paulo? I’d give more priority to Sao Paulo but if there was a possibility of playing in another Brazilian club I wouldn’t have any problems,” said Ricky, who won the Ballon d’Or in 2007.
“My most important moments? The 2002 World Cup was a unique experience, even if I played little. I played with champions and became a world champion at the age of 20. There is nothing more special for a player. In 2007 I was the best player in the world and it was a beautiful individual recognition, but it was because of what I achieved with Milan.
“My Milan ‘debut’? This Saturday there is a friendly match in Switzerland and the following Saturday we play Torino.” Kaka is expected to play against Chiasso (kick off – 18:00 CET) behind the two forwards – his friend Robinho, and Ale Matri.