Brazil international Ricardo Kaka has returned to his former club AC Milan and is expected to sign a 2-year deal worth £3.4m a season in wage, a significant cut on his £8.5m-a-year deal at Real Madrid.
Reports suggest the deal was done in the early hours of this (Monday) morning between 2:30am and 3:30am.
The 31-year-old started his career at Sao Paulo before moving to Milan where he won the Ballon d’Or and Fifa World Player of the Year award.
He told Sky Italia: “I’m coming home. I’m very happy. And now I get to live lots of new joyous moments with Milan.”
Last week, Kaka, who cost Real a then record £56m from Milan, ruled out the prospect of returning to his home country after disclosing his desire to quit the Bernabeu, sitting inability to break into coach Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.
“Today everything comes back to itself,” read a Milan statement. “It may not be exactly as it was back in 2003 when the young Brazilian stepped off the plane in Milan with a fresh and innocent look on his face. This is another story completely but what matters is Ricardo is back.”
The 31-year-old will wear his old number 22 shirt in his second spell at the San Siro.
Milan chief executive Andriano Gilliani flew to Madrid yesterday for talks with Real and reached an agreement to sign the player who won the Scudetto, Champions League in his first spell with the Rossoneri.