Former Brazil and Real Madrid star Kaka revealed that injuries and Jose Mourinho are responsible for his disappointing time at Real Madrid.
The 2007 Ballon d’Or winner moved to Madrid from AC Milan in 2009, in a deal worth 59.5 million pounds but never recaptured the form that made the Spanish giants pay so much money for at the Santiago Bernabeu, no thanks to injury and the arrival of Mesut Ozil.
The Korea/Japan 2002 World cup winner believes Mourinho preferred Mesut Ozil to him in attacking midfield.
“The problem in Madrid was continuity,” Kaka told SporTV . “First, it was because of the injuries. The first year I had a hip problem. I pushed to reach the World Cup and then I had an adductor injury.
“After the Cup I have a knee operation and I’m out for six months. And when I return I have Mourinho. My problem in Madrid was continuity.
“First for the physical issue and then for the choice of the coach. I spent three years trying to convince Mourinho that he could give me opportunities. But it was his choice, it was beyond my reach.”
Despite the hard time in Real Madrid, Kaka disclosed that he has good relationship with the Portuguese and revealed the pair lived in same hotel in Manchester shortly before his dismissal from Manchester United.
“There is no problem between us,” he continued. “I was in Manchester for a sponsorship gig and I stayed at the hotel where Mourinho lived and we talked for two hours.
“At some point we had a misunderstanding because I believed that I had to play and he believed that I did not. But they were respectful disagreements.
“I never rebelled and told him ‘I’m leaving here’, nor did I go before the press to complain. I told him: ‘It’s your choice, but I think you could have other options because I think I should have a chance to play. Now, you must choose.’
“He had no arguments. He told me he was not going to play me because the position was for Ozil. I thought I could contribute.
Kaka however praised the Former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss , calling him a smart guy.
“Mourinho is really what you see in the cameras. He has his explosive moments, but he’s a very smart guy. What people see at press conferences is all prepared and planned and knows exactly what they are going to say.
The problem I had with him was because of his choices. I thought he was wrong. But the team worked. We won a ;eague and we reached the Champions League semi-finals.”