AC Milan release Kaka with MLS looking likely destination for Brazilian
Former club hero on his way out of the San Siro
Monday 30 June 2014
AC Milan have announced today that they have parted ways with Kaka by mutual consent.
Although the Brazilian playmaker had one year remaining on his contract, it had a clause allowing him to leave should the club fail to qualify for European football, which Kaka has reportedly exercised.
A statement from Milan read: "AC Milan announces it has mutually terminated the contract of Kaka today."
The 32-year-old is widely expected to join MLS next season with Orlando City, having been strongly linked with a move in recent months.
However Kaka is also expected to play on loan for Sao Paolo, the club where he started his career, before the MLS season starts in six months.
The Brazilian only returned to the San Siro last summer, after an unhappy four years at Real Madrid, and scored seven goals in 30 appearances.
However he was unable to live up to the exploits of his first spell at the club, where he won a Serie A title as well as the Champions League, while becoming Fifa World Player of the Year in 2007.
Milan's statement continued: "Certain loves never end, they go in big circles when a contract is mutually terminated.
"The key word is mutual.
"Ciao Ricky (Kaka), we will never leave each other."
The club finished eighth in Serie A last season, failing to qualify for Europe for the first time in 16 years.
Latest in Sport
Louis van Gaal gets tough with Manchester United players, with Darren Fletcher and Luke Shaw berated in public and Phil Jones left looking bemused
CM Punk 'never ever ever' returning to WWE (so he probably will)
Tottenham and Arsenal in battle for Douglas Costa? Brazil forward opens up Shakhtar Donetsk exit possibility
Manchester United transfer news: Completed summer deals
James Rodriguez joins Real Madrid: World Cup top scorer completes £63m move
- 1 Apple has installed security backdoors on 600m iPhones and iPads, claims security researcher
- 2 Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Pro-Russian rebel 'admits to shooting down plane'
- 4 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains