x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Kaka rumoured to have signed for Real

The Brazilian is reported by media in Spain to have signed for Real Madrid of ?65 million.

Kaka said earlier today that he would not be leaving the San Siro.
Kaka said earlier today that he would not be leaving the San Siro.

The Brazilian playmaker Kaka has reportedly signed for the Spanish Giants Real Madrid from AC Milan in a ?65 million (Dh342m) deal according to reports in Spain. On the day that the midfielder, 27, had said to Italian press that he was not going to leave the San Siro, the Spanish radio station Cadena Ser claim that the new Real Madrid president Florentino Perez met with the AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani and Bosco Leite, father and agent of the 2007 world and European player of the year last night to strike a deal. The player is currently on international duty ahead of Brazil's World Cup qualifier with Uruguay. The radio station also said that the player has signed a five-year stay at the Bernabau on a salary worth nearly ?9m a year, AC Milan tonight denied that Galliani was negotiating the sale of Kaka to Real Madrid during a visit to Spain. A statement released on the club's official website insisted that Galliani had only travelled to Madrid to attend a dinner for Perez. The statement read: "The general manager of the Rosseneri, Adriano Galliani, is in the city of Madrid exclusively for the investiture dinner of Florentino Perez, the new president of Real Madrid." Earlier today Kaka claimed he wants to stay at the San Siro. "I'll say it for the last time. The last time. I don't want to leave Milan," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "In this period I prefer to remain silent because I don't want to be misunderstood. Or, worse still, to be used. "To the millions of Milan supporters, I say that I have made my choice. I have said what I want to stay. "Leave me in peace, please." Since then he has been linked with a move to Madrid and speculation increased still further as the return of Perez ? who was in charge during the Spanish club's famous Galacticos era ? grew ever more likely. snelmes@thenational.ae *With agencies