Mourinho: We never saw real Kaka

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has said that Kaka has never been at his best in his time at the Bernabeu and a move away may suit him.

The Brazilian midfielder signed for Los Blancos from AC Milan in 2009 and has made 105 appearances, scoring 26 goals.

Mourinho told Rai: “At Real Madrid we never saw the real Kaka.

“He must be happy and Milan could be a good solution, but he is a Real Madrid player.”

Ahead of his 50th birthday, the former Chelsea and Porto coach also talked about his future in coaching and a possible return to an old club.

“Now I am 50, I could still coach for at least more 20 years and many things can happen. Maybe [I could] come back to Inter, why not?”

Mourinho also spoke about the Champions League campaign and focused on Juventus as a particular threat, although his team are set to face Premier League leaders Manchester United in the last 16.

“Juventus are a top team,” he said.

“It’s easy for them to say that they are not the team to beat in the Champions League, [and although] a lot of people say that the favorite teams are Real Madrid, Man United and Barcelona, I say that Borussia Dortmund, Bayern and Juventus can win the Champions League.”

BREAKING NEWS: Casillas could miss up to 12 weeks

Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas is facing up to 12 weeks on the sidelines following surgery on a hand injury.The Spain skipper suffered a broken metacarpal bone after being accidentaly kicked by Alvaro Arbeloa during los Blancos‘ Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg clash with Valencia.

Casillas underwent surgery on the injury early on Friday afternoon and, although the procedure went according to plan, Dr Manuel del Cerro has confirmed the 31-year-old faces between eight and 12 weeks out of action.“The operation went very well,” he told reporters. “The broken fragments have been reduced and two screws fitted. He has had a total reconstruction. The screws will stay inside. They are 17 milimetres long and two wide.

“The recovery period is eight to 12 weeks. It is better to wait and not talk about deadlines.

“It was much better than I expected. He [Casillas] is OK, but a little sleepy. Now he will spend three weeks in a cast, and we will go step by step so that he can recover without any consequences.”

'Casillas is the heart & soul of Real Madrid' – Xavi

Barcelona midfielder Xavi has said that Iker Casillas will be missed by Real Madrid during his spell out through injury.

The Spain captain broke a bone in his thumb during the Copa del Rey match with Valencia and is expected to be out for six-to-eight weeks of the knock, which the 33-year-old feels could prove costly to the champions.

“It’s one more problem for them, he is the heart and soul of Real Madrid and their captain. He’s a huge loss for Madrid and for Spain,” he told reporters.

The Blaugrana midfielder also spoke of his shock at Jose Mourinho’s decision to drop Casillas for the Liga matches against Malaga and Real Sociedad either side of the winter break.

“I speak with him a lot, we send each other messages. I sent him my best wishes as soon as he was left out of the Madrid team; I was taken by surprise by that.

“It was a shock to me that a player who has spent so many years as the No.1 and who was always in the team could suddenly be left out, but that’s their problem.

“It’s a complicated situation, and it’s not for me to give my opinion on. I read the news and I can see that the club is not in the best shape at an institutional level.

“But they will be very difficult opponents in the [Copa del Rey] semi-finals and it will be very for us to beat them.” readers split over Casillas injury dilemma readers are split over whether Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho should dip into the transfer market following Iker Casillas’ hand injury.

The club captain broke a bone in his thumb during Copa del Rey draw with Valencia and has been ruled out for around an estimated six weeks, meaning he could miss both of the clashes against Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The winning option in our poll – with 38 per cent of readers rooting for it – was for the former Inter and Chelsea coach to sign-up a short-term goalkeeper to cover for the Spain No.1.

However, 27% were of the opinion that Madrid should go into the transfer market with the motive of buying a brand new shot-stopper to challenge Casillas to the first team.

Another option for Mourinho is to back Antonio Adan between the sticks – something he has already done this season at Casillas’ expense on a couple of occasions while the skipper was still fit.

A sizeable chunk of readers – 35 per cent, to be precise – believe Adan is good enough to weather the storm during Casillas’ absence.

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Cartoon of the Day: Perez's picture perfect Real Madrid masks the reality in Mourinho war

Life at Real Madrid is rarely dull and so it proved again this week as Jose Mourinho’s men hogged the headlines once more.

Reports earlier in the week claimed that there were deep divisions within the squad, with players telling supremo Florentino Perez that he had to choose between them and Mourinho.

The president quickly called a press conference where he insisted all was well in the Spanish capital while Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas released a statement supporting their coach, for now at least.

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