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The Cardiff-born Wales international moved to the Spanish capital earlier this year after his sale to the Spanish club for a world-record fee

Mourinho will not buy despite Higuain setback

Real Madrid are unlikely to bring in another striker as cover for the injured Gonzalo Higuain according to Jose Mourinho. Argentina international Higuain is to undergo back surgery and may be sidelined for around two months, leaving France international Karim Benzema as the only recognised striker in the squad.

Robinho reveals he talked Kaka out of move to City

Ghosts of Christmas past will stalk Manchester City for as long as they fail to lift silverware. One of them is Robinho, who claimed yesterday that while he was a City player he had talked his compatriot Kaka out of signing two years ago.

Kaka injury travails continue

Real Madrid's Brazilian ace Kaka is set to head back to his homeland for a fresh evaluation of the knee injury which has kept him out of action for the whole of the season to date.

Kaka dismisses Real Madrid exit talk

Kaka has dismissed suggestions that his injury-plagued spell at Real Madrid could be ended by a January transfer.

AC Milan play down Kaka return

AC Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri has dismissed speculation linking Brazilian superstar Kaka with a return to the San Siro in the January transfer window.

Kaka linked with Sao Paulo move

Sao Paulo have expressed their interest in luring unsettled Real Madrid midfielder Kaka back to Brazil on loan.

Inter Milan deny Kaka transfer rumours

Internazionale president Massimo Moratti has played down rumours coming out of Italy linking his club with a sensational move for Real Madrid ace Kaka.

Something For The Weekend: 14/08/10

Squeaky bum time for...

Fans at Twenty20 finals day

It's meant to be perfect weather for ducks at the Rose Bowl today, (as in raining cats and dogs, not the sort of climate that leads to scoreless innings) which could lead to problems for Twenty20 finals day punters.

Fresh injury blow for Kaka

Kaka could be sidelined for up to four months following knee surgery, Real Madrid have confirmed.

Kaka set for surgery

Real Madrid and Brazil forward Kaka has left the club's training camp in the United States and flown to Antwerp, where he will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscus injury.

Chelsea poised to sign super-fit Ramires from Benfica for £18m

Chelsea last night moved close to finalising the £18.3m signing of Brazil's World Cup midfielder Ramires from Portuguese side Benfica. Reports from Portugal said Chelsea will pay a total of €22m (£18.3m) for the hard-working 23-year-old, who has made it clear to the Benfica board that he wants to move to London.

Transfer Talk: Blues admit interest in Kaka

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has admitted the club are interested in Real Madrid's Kaka. The midfielder played under Ancelotti at Milan. "Kaka would do well for my cause," Ancelotti said. "It would be a multi-million pound operation."

Oranje boom! Sneijder winner brings curtain down on Dunga

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'Famous four' take a back seat as team spirit wins the day

Dismiss, for a moment, all thoughts of Wesley Sneijder's pomp, or Arjen Robben tormenting Felipe Melo to the point when rationale gave way to rage and he weighed in with the full force of his studs.

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