Adriano Galliani fully expects Kaka to remain at Milan, despite the player having a release clause which will allow him leave at the end of the season.
The Brazilian international made his name in the colours of the Rossoneri during his initial six-year spell at the club, which ended with a £54million move to Real Madrid in 2009. During this time at the San Siro, he collected five honours, including one Serie A title and the UEFA Champions League, and he won the Ballon d’Or in 2007.
Kaka returned to Milan after a less than spectacular stint in Spain, but this has coincided with their worst season for many a year. The Italian giants are currently eighth in the league standings, a massive 39 points behind leaders and reigning champions Juventus, and they are 19 points behind third-place Napoli with seven games left to play.
Together with their elimination from the Champions League to Atletico Madrid in the last-16, this means they will not be competing in the elite club competition in Europe next term. This also means that Kaka can leave the club due to a clause in his contract, but Galliani fully expects the 31-year-old playmaker to remain at the Rossoneri.
“It’s very simple,” the club’s vice-president, who has come in for some calls to stand down from his position in recent weeks, told Sky Sport. “Kaka has a contract until June 30 in 2015, but if we don’t qualify for the UEFA Champions League then he has a clause allowing him to leave. We will discuss it, but I firmly believe he will stay.”
Kaka has himself declared an interest to play in America in the future, and there would be big interest from the MLS to sign him for next season. However, he has also indicated that he intends to remain at Milan for the time being, and considering this with Galliani’s words, it now looks likely this will be the case when the 2014-15 campaign begins.