Kaka: Madrid move destroyed me

Former Real Madrid playmaker Kaka has explained how his 2009 move to the Spanish capital from Milan left him ‘completely destroyed’.

The former Brazil international, who later returned to the Milanese giants, also described his working relationship with the ‘difficult’ Jose Mourinho.

“In 2009 I accepted the proposal from Real Madrid, but after that move I was completely destroyed, because I couldn’t replicate what I’d done for Milan,” Kaka confessed to UOL.

“I was totally lost. In Italy, everyone had loved me, but in Spain they all wanted me to just leave. Plus Jose Mourinho was a difficult Coach for me to work with. When I thought he might give me a chance, it never happened.

“I didn’t get the chance to prove my form to him. I trained hard, fought and prayed so much, but without the Coach having faith in me, I realised I couldn’t work with him.

“I was so happy after leaving Real Madrid and returning to Milan, especially after Mourinho said I was one of the most professional players he had ever worked with.”

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