Real Madrid midfielder Kaka has come out in defence of Cristiano Ronaldo, after the Portuguese forward stated his growing dissatisfaction at the club.
The record-breaking goalscorer admitted after Los Blancos' 3-0 win over Granada on Sunday that he was unhappy at Santiago Bernabeu, but his Brazilian team mate has said he has 'the support of the whole team'.
“I just want to say that he has my full support,” Kaka told Marca. “We need, and have, to see that he is happy. He has the support of the whole team.”
When asked about his relationship with the club, following constant speculation of his departure from the Spanish capital, the 30-year-old was keen to show his desire to continue to perform at the top level.
“Me? I am happy. I know I will get my chance. I am starting a new era at Real Madrid. I am going to keep doing my work, so that I earn the trust of the coach. I will be working non-stop to earn that.
“Today is my day off, and I plan to train twice. I already did a session this morning, and I'll be doing one again this afternoon. I know my chance will come.”
Madrid boss Jose Mourinho recently stated that the former Milan man still has a role to play in the team, and that's something the Brazil international was quick to thank his coach for.
“It's a motivation for me to know that Mou and the coach staffing can count on me. Now, in addition to my physical work, I have to show patience and wait for my chance.”
And with the arrivals of Michael Essien and Luka Modric over the summer, Kaka believes that the competition for places will spur him on to do better.
“They are both very good players,” he stated. “And are great signings for Madrid. Competition in the team is great, it's a positive. Madrid will fight for many trophies this season, so to have lots of quality players is what we want.”