Kaka’s time at Real Madrid may be in doubt, but Cristiano Ronaldo thinks otherwise.
The team’s star striker, who scored a brace in Madrid’s 5-1 route of A.C. Milan at a sold out Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night, was peppered with questions about his teammate’s future after the match.
His answer was simple and straight forward.
“I think he will stay.”
“It’s a personal decision,” he said. “I like what Kaka can do with us because, to me, he is one of the best players in the world and the best players should be in Madrid. But it’s Kaka’s decision and we have to respect whether he stays or he goes.”
A move to Milan has been rumored for some time, but the team’s current financial state and rebuilding phase seems to have slowed talks down. The New York Red Bulls, who reportedly had interest in the Brazilian playmaker in the beginning of the transfer window, swooped in and signed Tim Cahill instead, filling their three available Designated Player slots and thus eliminating them from contention.
Kaka, who received a prolonged standing ovation from a sellout crowd of 47, 424 at Yankee Stadium upon entering the match in the 62nd minute, played a vital role in three of Madrid’s five goals.
Ronaldo felt that was a good a sign as any that this team was beginning to find it’s form.
“We are working, we still need to get more done, but year after year, things get better and we know each other better,” he said. “We are on a good path and want to continue on that way. It’s a long season and we have to play well.
It’s great to pick up your confidence and to start the season the best way. I am working well alongside my teammates and we have to continue that.”
Despite Kaka’s form, Madrid boss Jose Mourinho painted an indifferent view of the situation. “If he decides to stay, then perfect. If he goes, that’s perfect too, but we are not going to give him away for free,” he told AS. “Those that want him have to pay for him.”