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Milan to Madrid in £56 million

sports Updated: Jun 09, 2009 22:29 IST

Real Madrid have signed the Brazilian midfielder Kaka from Milan, the club confirmed on Tuesday. The 27-year-old international has agreed a six-year contract to become the first player to join Real since Florentino Pérez’s return to the presidency this month.

Reports said the transfer fee was around 56m pounds. Pérez has vowed to repeat the practice of signing the world’s best in his second spell in charge - he brought Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and David Beckham to the Bernabéu in his first term - and snaring the Brazil playmaker is another statement of intent.

The official unveiling in Madrid is likely to take place at the end of the month, after the Confederations Cup in South Africa.

Kaka, who is in Brazil on international duty, called Pérez’s strategy “an interesting sports project.” He said: “He’s trying to buy other players, and I think he can make a very offensive team. That’s behind my decision to go to this team.”

Kaka discussed the transfer with his former Milan team-mate David Beckham, he said. The England midfielder who played for Real, said it would be the best step for Kaka’s career.

“I hope to be a part of this new project and help to win titles, both European and Spanish,” said Kaka.

“Now the soap opera is over,” he added after a practice session in the build-up to Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier against Paraguay qualifier in Recife.

“The only leftover details were the medical exams, and I’ve done them. The negotiations are closed and I have sealed my transfer to Real Madrid. “Everything I’ve always done for Milan has been by mutual agreement, from the moment I arrived until my departure today. I’m leaving by the front door. “I’ve won everything that I wanted as a player and this is a new motivation for me.”

“AC Milan thanks the man Kaka and the champion Kaka for his decisive contributions to so many victories obtained in the last six years,” the Serie A club said.

“His loss on the field, though serious, can be filled. It will, however, be very difficult to fill the void left by Kaka the man.”

Pérez confirmed that Kaka would be just the first of several summer signings. His targets also include Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso. “Kaka is one of the players that every team would like to have and Madrid had the chance to get him,” Pérez said.

“We are working on building a good team, an important team, and this has only just begun.” The Guardian

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