Where Will Real Madrid’s Kaka Be Playing Next Season? Here Are The Options

Goal.com's Stefan Coerts takes a look at Real Madrid midfielder Kaka's options at the end of the season.
A number of recent reports from Spain suggest that Real Madrid are willing to listen to offers for playmaker Kaka at the end of the season, and the attacking midfielder has since been linked with a host of clubs.

The Brazilian superstar arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009 amidst a blaze of glory, as part of president Florentino Perez's multi-million euro investment, but a combination of poor performances and injury concerns have hampered his progress in the capital.

The 28-year-old has a decision to make in the summer transfer window - he could stay with los Blancos and attempt to recapture his best form, but he could also opt to move on, as clubs from Brazil, England, Italy and Russia closely monitor his situation.

lines up the options of the former Milan star in no particular order...

The Brazilian international kick-started his European career in Serie A and the Rossoneri still have a important place in Kaka's heart. Vice-president Adriano Galliani recently revealed that Milan aren't thinking about luring Kaka back to San Siro at the moment, but there's little doubt that the Diavolo would be delighted to see their hero return to the club.

Italian titleholders Inter are another option for Kaka if he decided to return to the Peninsula. President Massimo Moratti has already stated that the Nerazzuri are monitoring the midfielder's situation at Madrid, and bringing the former Milan star to Inter would be a huge coup. Nevertheless, it appears to be unlikely that Kaka would join the arch rivals of the club he loves most.

It seems unlikely that Roma have the financial resources to lure Kaka away from his current club, but things could change in the Italian capital in the near future. They're expected to get a financial boost after the imminent takeover and could very well launch an offer for the playmaker. The possible appointment of Carlo Ancelotti could be a reason for Kaka to join the Giallorossi.

Man City
Manchester City were ready to pay around €100 million for the Brazil international before he eventually decided to leave Milan for Madrid. The Citizens haven't given up on him, though, and continue to monitor his situation. They currently lack a natural attacking midfielder in their squad and Kaka could add that little extra to the team that City need to fight for the Premier League title.

Another club that have been after the services of the attacking midfielder for quite a while are Chelsea. The London giants are eager to add some more creativity to their squad and they consider Kaka to be the perfect signing. The presence of Brazilians like David Luiz and Ramires could be helpful in Chelsea's attempts to get their man.

Blackburn Rovers
What are Blackburn Rovers doing in a list of possible destinations for a star like Kaka? The answer is quite simple - Blackburn are determined to lure a number of high profile names to the club this summer, preferably of Brazilian origin. Signing Kaka appears to be almost impossible for Rovers, but they could well give it a try if the midfielder becomes available.

Real Madrid
Even though coach Jose Mourinho seems to prefer Germany international Mesut Oezil as his attacking midfielder, Kaka could still decide to stay at Santiago Bernabeu. The former Milan hero will get plenty of playing time if he stays put, even though he won't always be part of the starting eleven. It remains to be seen, though, whether Kaka is ready to settle for status as a squad player.

Rubin Kazan
A report earlier this week suggested that Rubin were ready to make a €45 million offer for Kaka, though a spokesperson for Kazan denied the rumour later. Money won't be a problem for the Russians, but it appears to be very unlikely that Kaka will leave his current club to embark upon a Russian adventure.

Corinthians have managed to lure star players such as Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos back to Brazil in recent years and they're eager to add another high profile name to their squad. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen whether Kaka is willing to return to South America just yet. Additionally, a return to his boyhood club Sao Paulo seems more realistic.

Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo is the club where it all started for Kaka before he rose to prominence in Europe, and the attacker is widely expected to return to the Tricolor Paulista eventually. However, he may feel it is too soon to return to his native country, as he still has some good years in Europe left in him.

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