Former Ballon d’Or winner and World Player of the Year Kaka says Chelsea and Arsenal stars have begged him to move to the Premier League but insists he is enjoying life at current club Orlando City.
In a wide ranging interview with the Daily Mail, the Brazilian says that the likes of Oscar, Willian and Mesut Ozil have all pushed to tempt him to come and play for their Premier League sides.
The former Real Madrid star even admitted that he’s trying to use his time in the United States as a way to break into the Brazil World Cup squad, potentially in 2018.
“It is in three-and-a-half years and if Dunga needs me I’ll be ready to play in the national team,” he said. “It is a real motivation for me.”
The Brazilian also discussed his tenure at Real Madrid and time under then manager Jose Mourinho whose “ambition for victory” sets him apart.
“His ambition for victory sets Mourinho apart. He wants to win every game, so he prepares all the smallest details; in training, at the game, everything. I loved to work with him.
“He tries everything to extract the best from the players, to push them. This is what he can do better than anyone else.”
“I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Mourinho, he is one of the best coaches in the world.”
Real Madrid spent £56 million on Kaka in 2009, and many believe he failed to live up to the expectations of his fee in La Liga, and he admits to lacking consistency.
It was some change in fortunes for a player who just two years previously was thought to be the best year on the planet, beating the now best duo in the world Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the Ballon d’Or crown.
“I won the Ballon d’Or and World Player of Year against Cristiano and Messi,” he said. “They win it every year now, but I could beat them back then. For me that’s important because I had the best opponents. I’m proud when I see that.”
And Kaka even weighed in on the debate over which player is the best with some kind words about former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
“It was great having him as a team-mate. I learnt a lot of things from him, every day I stuck with him and saw how he trained, how he played. It helped me a lot.
“We had a great relationship off the pitch in Spain. We still have a very good one. I’m so happy that he could win the Ballon d’Or at Real Madrid. He really deserved that. He is a special player.”