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Kaka relishing AC Milan return

Real Madrid star Kaka is already looking forward to facing AC Milan in the group stages of the Champions League.

The Brazil international left the Rossoneri this summer after spending six years at the San Siro as he completed his big-money switch to the Spanish capital.

After the two European giants were paired in the Champions League, the 27-year-old told AS: "It will be special. To go back in Milan is something really special for me I will be facing my friends and playing against a club that I have great affection for.

"I expect a very good reception because I am very fond of the San Siro public.

"We have a lot of respect for Milan, and also Zurich and Marseille, they are great teams. We want to do well and my team-mates are excited an focussed. The final is at home and we want to win it.

Meanwhile, Barcelona have confirmed their interest in Shakhtar Donetsk defender Dmytro Chygrynskiy, although no deal will be done before the two sides meet in Friday's UEFA Super Cup.

The 22-year-old looks set to move to the Nou Camp after weeks of speculation, in a deal which could earn the Ukrainian outfit 25million euros.

Barca sporting director Txiki Begiristain believes that a deal will be struck for the UEFA Cup winner, but insists nothing will be made official before this weekend's clash between the two European silverware holders.

"It's still not closed and we will leave it until after the final," he told the club's official website.

"I think that it's on the right track and I don't think there will be any problems, but for sporting reasons we will not close anything until after Friday's game.

"Both Pep Guardiola and the club have been keen to sign a centre-back with certain characteristics.

"Chygrynskiy fits this profile. He's dominant in the air and has good distribution. Someone of his profile is very difficult to find in the market and it's a key position for us."

Internazionale have sent Nigerian striker Victor Obinna out on loan to La Liga outfit Malaga.

The 22-year-old moves to Spain on a season-long agreement after spending most of his time on the fringes of Jose Mourinho's squad.

Obinna has only been at the San Siro for a season but struggled to make the breakthrough with the Nerazzurri, making just nine appearances and scoring one goal.

Obinna started his professional career with Chievo, where he scored 22 goals in 82 appearances.