Brazilian still hoping for first-team chance…
Kaka, apparently overlooked by coach Jose Mourinho but not put on the transfer list, faces a tough task trying to win back a place at Real Madrid. However, the Brazilian midfielder believes he can still regain the form that made him the world’s best player in 2007.
The 30-year-old was rejected the chance to feature in the Super Cup victory over Barcelona and has yet to appear in the team in La Liga this season.
The transfer window closed on Friday, and Kaka will have to stay at Real Madrid at least until January, with competition for his midfield place increasing following the arrival of the Croatian Luka Modric from Tottenham. Seemingly undeterred, the World Player of 2007 when he inspired Milan to the Champions League title, says he is putting in extra training to try and win back Mourinho’s trust.
“It’s as if I was starting again at 30, after having won everything I’ve won,” the player told TV Globo in an interview at Real Madrid’s training complex, broadcast on Sunday. “I even ask myself, how much is all this effort worth it. Wouldn’t it be better to go somewhere else or even another, less competitive league? Well, the answer has been ‘yes, I still want this [Real Madrid]’,” he said.
“I arrive before the other players, do separate training, practice with the squad. The only way I’m going to get another chance is training more than the others and that’s what I’ve been doing. Little by little the fans lost their hopes but I haven’t lost hope yet and I believe I can still do a lot of good things at this club.”
Once the ultimate key player, now he says he does not train with the idea of being a part of the starting 11, rather just to be a part of the bench. “Today, I don’t want to be a first team player, just to be in the squad [for matches],” he said.
Ricky teammate Ronaldo told reporters he was “sad” after Sunday night’s 3-0 La Liga win over Granada, sending Spain’s rumour mill spinning with speculation he was unhappy with his current salary or had fallen out with colleagues at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. However, the Brazilian insists Cristiano Ronaldo will receive any support he needs from the Real Madrid squad.
“Cristiano knows that he has the support of the team for whatever he wants,” Ricky said. “The most important is that he is happy because he is a fundamental player for Real Madrid. He will have our support.”