Real Madrid midfielder Kaka insists that he never wanted to leave the club in the summer despite interest from several clubs including Tottenham Hotspur.
Since his €68.5 million move from AC Milan, Kaka has not found life easy at the Santiago Bernabeu. He has been plagued by injury and has not really found his form for Los Blancos until recently.
The Brazilian provided an inspirational display versus Dutch giants Ajax in the UEFA Champions League, which was by far his best performance of the season.
During a FIFA 12 promotional ceremony, Kaka told reporters:
“I am indebted to Real Madrid. It would have been very easy to have left, but that is why I chose to raise my game. I have a dream of succeeding at Madrid which I want to realise.
“Many reports have claimed that Madrid wanted to sell me, but he [Perez] told me he wouldn’t and kept his word. I owe a lot to the president.
“Three parties decided [on me staying]. I did not want to leave, Mourinho did not want me to go and the club did not want to sell me either.
“After the game [against Ajax, Florentino] gave me a hug and congratulated me. He has always supported us, even through bad times.”
The following report came shortly after Arsenal FC were reportedly linked with a possible move for Kaka in January. More recently, big spenders Paris Saint-Germain have also emerged as candidates to land the Brazilian. One would think that PSG, who were bought by the Qatar Investment Authority in May 2011, would be a better fit financially.
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Manchester United Interested in Dutch Youth Sensation Ola John
Manchester United are reportedly tracking the progress of Dutch winger Ola John.
The 19-year-old winger has made 13 appearances for FC Twente in the Dutch Eredivisie, scoring one goal. Ola is one of the top talents in Holland’s youth system. He has unlimited talent and comes from a very athletic family. His brothers Collins, formerly of Fulham, and Paddy are also professional footballers.
“Manchester United and Arsenal wanted me but I think I am still young and can learn a lot at Twente. If you are that good, the opportunity will come again when you are older. Playing in England is my dream of course.
“It is too early to go to England and FC Twente is a good club so why would I want to leave?” — Ola John
Will Ola John be able to turn down Arsenal or Manchester United if they clubs make a formal bid for the player in January?
Surely not, or else that is what you would presume. The money and opportunity would simply be too much to turn down. Nonetheless, Ola John’s talent is undeniable. He’s got a world of potential and Old Trafford would be a great fit for any young developing footballer.