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Kaka is delighted at being handed a clean slate by Real Madrid and Brazil, as he looks to re-establish himself on the world stage.
The 2007 Ballon d’Or winner had been consigned to the fringes in Madrid after failing to secure a transfer away from the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer, while his international prospects also seemed bleak.
However, he was called up by the Selecao for the first time in two years for the upcoming friendlies against Iraq and Japan and made his long-awaited return for his club side against Ajax in the Champions League last Wednesday.
“It’s a fresh start and I’m pleased to be back,” he said. “I feel good physically and technically. “I’ve been injury-free for almost a year now and I’m training well and getting more chances in the first team at Real Madrid”, he was quoted in La Gazzetta dello Sport.
As Kaka prepares for his Brazil debut under Mano Menezes, he admitted the squad has changed much, but he is determined to stay grounded about his country’s chances of success at World Cup 2014.
“I always had thoughts of returning, but I knew he [Menezes] had to respect that for a time I was not playing regularly due to injuries. But, slowly things are happening. I am very happy to be back, there is a lot to do and win. We will do it one step at a time.
“I don’t know many of the players personally; Neymar, for example,” he said. It’s different now than when I played for the first time when some of my idols were still playing.
“You can’t get carried away, I’m not even thinking about the World Cup right now.”
In addition, there is something has said referring to all the Milan fans.
“The Rossoneri have their own home in the Champions League. They also shouldn’t give up in the league. We [Real Madrid] are 8 points behind Barcelona, but we don’t give up – same way Milan shouldn’t give up.
“Milan fans have to have faith and give this reborn team a time.”