Four years after quitting the San Siro for Real Madrid in €65m deal the midfielder has returned to Italy with Celtic in town on September 18 for his second ‘debut’.
With Kaka at the heart of their midfield Milan dominated Italian football from 2003 to 2009 but have slipped from prominence in recent times. In 2007 the midfielder picked up the Ballon d’Or before it became Lionel Messi’s personal possession.
Italian football now lags behind the game in England and Spain in terms of prestige and finances but with Mario Balotelli and Kaka leading the line Milan are looking to compete again at the business end of the Champions League.
“I’m going home!”, the Brazilian told reporters as he left Madrid airport for Milan. “I’m very happy, the talks took a long time. Money was never one of my priorities.
Gareth Bale’s arrival at Real Madrid has sparked the departures of Kaka and Mezmet Ozil helping to offset the world record deal.
Kaka failed to hit the heights expected at Madrid and sees his move to Milan as the perfect opportunity to rekindle his international career in time for the World Cup.
“When I understood that there was no longer space for me (at Real), I had to leave,” he added.“I really want to play. It’s a special year because there is the World Cup. First of all I have to do well for Milan, but I think the club can help me play in the World Cup.”