Galliani: Kaka's €5 million wage stalling AC Milan return

Adriano Galliani has revealed Kaka’s wage demands are stalling a move back to AC Milan and stated the player “must make sacrifices” if he is to return to the club.

The Real Madrid midfielder’s time at the Santiago Bernabeu has not gone according to plan and with the Rossoneri themselves enduring a tough campaign, the pair could be reunited – but only if financial barriers are overcome before the end of January.

“I’m more pessimistic than yesterday, it’s very hard but we’ll still try to sign him. The negotiation isn’t easy due to Kaka’s wage. No one in Italy can pay a 5m salary,” he explained to reporters.

“He must make sacrifices to come back to Milan.”

The vice-president also added that any move would help Kaka’s international career, adding: “AC Milan would be a good showcase for the World Cup, and there are 15,000 fans here who haven’t been seen since Kaka left.”

Massimiliano Allegri also spoke about the possibility of bringing the Brazil international back to Italy and denied claims he was against the transfer.

“There are talks in progress for Kaka, an important negotiation process if this great return is to occur,” he said.

“I agree with the club and Adriano Galliani on everything, so my position has never been opposed to that of the club. There is an exchange of ideas, certainly, but it’s not true that I don’t want Kaka.”

Allegri did, however, rule out the prospect of bringing David Beckham to the club, joking that it was impossible to “wipe out the player’s birth certificate”, in relation to their new youthful recruitment policy.

Guardado slams Real Madrid conduct

Valencia winger Andres Guardado has slammed Real Madrid for influencing the decisions of match officials through pre-match comments.

Los Che were beaten 2-0 by Blancos at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final, but after the game much of the talk circulated around several contentious offside calls that went against the visitors.

“It is fairly obvious that if he hadn’t given those offsides against Soldado, the result could have been different,” he told

“Sometimes it can benefit you, sometimes it can damage you, that’s all there is to it. They like to speak about referees a lot, and in this case it has benefited them. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s the same for everyone.”

The two teams go head to head again on Sunday, in La Liga, before contesting the second leg of their cup clash next Tuesday.

But despite venting his anger towards Madrid, Guardado believes his side had more than enough chances to win the game, without relying on the intervention of the referee.

“We had opportunities, and if we had scored them, maybe it would have been a different game.”

Albiol plays down Ronaldo-Mourinho incident

Raul Albiol - Real Madrid

Raul Albiol – Real Madrid

Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol has played down an incident between Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo in the aftermath of the Blancos‘ Copa del Rey win over Valencia in midweek.

Several reports claimed that a heated confrontation had taken place between the Portuguese duo after Tuesday’s match, but Albiol has stressed that it was nothing more than a normal discussion.

“Ronaldo and Mourinho are both winners. They only exchanged their opinions. What happened does in no way affect the rest of the team,” the defender said at a press conference.

Albiol then went on to hail Madrid’s strength in depth, while also having his say on the possible departure of Kaka to AC Milan.

“We have a great squad. Every player has the quality to be a starter. We will all have to give our all in order to get playing time,” he continued.

“Kaka has always done his utmost for Madrid since his arrival at the club. For now, he is a player like every one else. I do not know what will happen in the next few weeks.”

Rossoneri CEO Adriano Galliani revealed on Friday that all parties involved want the deal to happen, but admitted sacrifices are needed if the move is indeed to go ahead.

Sir Alex Ferguson: Clubs are responsible for curbing diving among their own players

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes clubs should take a stand against their own players who are guilty of diving.

The Red Devils travel to Tottenham on Sunday looking to avenge their 3-2 defeat from earlier this season, and will face Gareth Bale, a player with a reputation for diving having picked up three bookings for simulation already this term.

The 71-year-old believes Andre Villas-Boas is responsible for his players’ actions, and accordingly must warn Bale about diving just as the United boss himself did with Cristiano Ronaldo and Ashley Young.

“This was raised at the League Managers’ Association meeting during the week,” Sir Alex told The Mirror.

“What are the sanctions on that? Do they come from the club or do they come from the FA?

“I think the FA have a problem because is it legal what they do? Can they prove that a lad has positively tried to dive?

“It’s a very difficult one. They’ve always said that, haven’t they? They have no sanctions on diving.

“So, does it go to the club? At the end of the day it probably does. You have to [warn players if they dive]. I’ve done it with Cristiano [Ronaldo].

“He was only a young boy, 18, when he came here and it took him maybe a couple of years to understand that. But after that he was fine.”

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez admitted to deliberately diving earlier this week, and Sir Alex believes the Uruguayan could now face an FA misconduct charge.

“That’s different,” added the United manager. “They could take action on that, but I don’t have any views on that myself, to be honest.

“I don’t know much about the interview, other than what I’ve read – in the sense he’s admitted he dived. But that’s a different issue altogether.”

Valencia-Real Madrid Preview: Los Che out to avenge cup defeat

Valencia duo Daniel Parejo and Joao Pereira will sit out Sunday’s Primera Division clash against Real Madrid through suspension.

Sergio Canales (knee) and Jeremy Mathieu (ankle) are also unavailable, while captain David Albelda and defender Victor Ruiz are doubts.

Los Che boss Ernesto Valverde will serve a touchline ban after he was sent off in the 2-0 Copa del Rey defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo is back from suspension for Madrid, along with goalkeeper Antonio Adan, who could replace Iker Casillas between the sticks.

Kaka and Sergio Ramos serve bans, while defender Pepe is sidelined through injury.

  • Los Che have failed to beat Real Madrid in their last eight head-to-head meetings, losing six.
  • Fernando Gago (pictured, right) made 119 Liga appearances for Madrid between 2007 and 2011, scoring one goal.
  • Real Madrid have won just one of their last six away matches across all competitions (W1, D2, L3).
  • The Castilian giants are on a three-match winning streak at the Mestalla.
  • Gonzalo Higuain has scored five times at Mestalla, making him the second-highest scoring Madrid player away at Valencia after Alfredo Di Stefano (six).