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Galactico era back as Real nets Kaka

BRAZILIAN playmaker Kaka said on Monday that he was leaving AC Milan for Real Madrid on good terms.

"I'm not disappointed in my relationship with Milan," he told reporters in the Brazil team hotel in Recife at a news conference broadcast live on television.

"There has never been a (financial) crisis like this one, I understand perfectly the club's position and I'm very grateful to Milan and the president," added Kaka, who joined the Rossoneri in 2003.

The 27-year-old has agreed to a six-year contract to join Real, which reports have said involves a transfer fee of around 68 million euros (US$94.27 million), the second biggest ever. Zinedine Zidane joined Real from Juventus for around 73 million euros in 2001.

"I've won everything that I wanted as a player and this is a new motivation for me," Kaka said. "The club needed to make this sacrifice, and I understand this very well. I don't blame the club for this.

"Everything I've done for Milan has been by mutual agreement, from the moment I arrived until my departure today."

"I'm leaving by the front door."

Kaka, who scored in a 4-0 win in Uruguay on Saturday, is with Brazil's squad for the World Cup qualifier at home to Paraguay today. He said he was sure he could help his new club, overshadowed this season by treble-winning Barcelona, become a major force in Spanish and European football again.

"I'm sure Real Madrid will build a competitive team which can start winning titles again as they have always done throughout the club's history," he said. "Real can become major competitors in Spain and in European football."

No. 5 shirt

Kaka brushed off a suggestion that he could wear the coveted No. 5 shirt previously worn by Zidane and said the Frenchman would be an example to him.

"I don't know what number, I'll take my time choosing it and I'll respect the numbers," he said. "I think Zidane is Zidane. To avoid any type of comparison, I'm going to try and write my own history. But Zidane will serve as an example to me."

Newly elected Florentino Perez has promised to deliver a "spectacular sporting project" built around the world's greatest players, and local media have spoken of a 300 million euro war chest which will be used to finance a second 'Galactico era' at the Bernabeu.

Having lured the likes of Luis Figo, Zidane and David Beckham to Real earlier in the decade, Perez's flagship first signing on his return was Kaka, a move seen as both a declaration of intent and a dig at his predecessor.

He has also spoken of interest in Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo, Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, Liverpool's Xabi Alonso and Valencia duo David Villa and David Silva.

Meanwhile, AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato also plans to hold talks with former boss and new Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti before deciding on his future. Speculation has been rife that Ancelotti wants to take him to London.

"I will talk with Ancelotti. He is an extraordinary man. It is thanks to Ancelotti that I managed to come through at Milan and in Italian football," Pato told yesterday's Gazzetta dello Sport.

Milan however insists he is staying.


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