Jose Mourinho has backtracked on the original reported stance that he would like to sell Ricky Kaka this summer, stating that he’d be happy for him to stay.
The Brazilian was reportedly told by the Portuguese last week that he had no future in his first-team plans for the coming season, before being advised to lower his wage demands in order to find another club.
Subsequently he has been linked with a return to Milan, the club he left for Real in 2009, with Vice-President Adriano Galliani reported as flying out today to meet with Florentino Perez to ratify a transfer.
However, having recalled the player to his pre-season plans, Coach Mourinho has suggested that the Spanish don’t have to sell Kaka and will be just as happy to keep him on board.
“For me, Kaka can stay. Ricardo is a good player and if he stays then we will try to get the best out of him,” reflected Mourinho after watching his Real side beat LA Galaxy 5-1 in a pre-season friendly.
“Last year he played a good season, without being brilliant. Until August 31, his decision and ours is that he stays.
“He is a good player, works for the group and in is determined in games. I’m not going to go into everything, he helps a lot. I don’t need to send him instruction during a training or during a match.
“We know each other well and we have been through much together. I know what he thinks and we don’t need to send message between each other.
“The most important thing is that he can decide his future with regards to self-esteem and personal happiness.
“If he decides to stay then we are happy, and if he decides to leave, we are happy also.
“For me, though, there is no problem.”