Kaka wants Real Madrid stay, as Brazil 2014 World Cup looms

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Despite increased interest for his services from across the globe, Real Madrid midfielder Kaka is not going anywhere.

At least that’s what he wants.

With a year until the 2014 World Cup begins in Brazil, Kaka is adamant that his future remains at Madrid, under new manager Carlo Ancelotti who first took him to AC Milan in 2003 and helped elevate the Brazilian star into one of world soccer’s most memorable names.

Kaka, 31, believes he will be at Madrid next season and revealed plans to sit down with Ancelotti, who first brought him to Milan in 2003, when he returns from his recent trip to China promoting a game taking place between Chinese and Brazilian players.

“I still have a contract with Real Madrid. As the new manager is taking over, I will have an exchange of ideas with him, and I think I will stay at Real Madrid,” Kaka said from China.

But Kaka’s playing time at Madrid has dwindled drastically since he arrived in 2009 for a huge transfer fee of $100 million. A move away from the Spanish capital has seemed on the cards for quite some time, with even the New York Red Bulls and his old side Sao Paulo reportedly interested.

But Kaka wishes to remain in La Liga to help his chances of making the Brazilian national team squad for the World Cup in Brazil next summer.

“Scolari said the door of the national team is still open,” Kaka said, despite missing out on making Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Confederations Cup squad. “There is more than a year to go before the World Cup, and the season is just starting. From my heart, I hope I can be playing in the World Cup next year.”

With Kaka desperate to prove himself at Madrid for international recognition, it seems as though new Real manager Ancelotti will be the man to get the best out of him. Kaka won the World Player of the Year award and the Champions League under the Italian manager.

The Brazilian legend will be hoping he can kick start his career in the upcoming season. Big time.

Raiola: Zlatan to “100 percent” stay in Europe for two seasons

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be 35 and coming off major knee surgery, but that isn’t stopping suitors from lining up across Europe.

Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, says that MLS is not an option for the Swede over the next two seasons. From Sky Sports:

“Many clubs have asked for Zlatan. He can play two more years and will stay in Europe, 100 per cent.”

It would make sense for Ibrahimovic to stay around Manchester United, where he is admired by Jose Mourinho and coming off a season that showed he’s still capable of contributing at a high level.

But he remains beloved in Italy, and would be effective for most clubs in the Top 5 leagues should he return at even 75 percent of the Zlatan we’ve seen regularly.

Report: Manchester United, Inter Milan keen on Perisic deal

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Manchester United wants Ivan Perisic, and both the player and his current club are all about it.

Perisic, 28, is ready to leave Inter Milan, and the Serie A mainstays are happy to accept $46 million for his services according to Sky Sports.

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Primarily a left winger, Perisic moved to Inter from Wolfsburg at the start of the 2015-16 season. He scored 10 goals and added nine assists in Serie A play this season, and has kept up his production pace since moving from the Bundesliga to Italy.

United needs stars and depth for its Champions League campaign, and Perisic would buttress an attack with Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan amongst others. He was a difference maker for Croatia at EURO 2016, and can do the same at Old Trafford.

Celtic secures trophy treble, ends Scottish season unbeaten

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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Celtic completed a trophy treble in Scottish soccer and finished the domestic season undefeated after beating Aberdeen 2-1 in the Scottish Cup final thanks to an injury-time goal on Saturday.

Midfielder Tom Rogic scored from an acute angle in the second minute of stoppage time at Hampden Park to ensure Celtic added the cup to the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish League Cup.

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Brendan Rodgers became the third manager, after Jock Stein (1967, 1969) and Martin O’Neill (2001), to lead Celtic to a treble of domestic titles.

Celtic hasn’t lost any of its 47 games across in the league and both cups, and is the first team to go through the whole of a Scottish domestic season unbeaten.

No China for Costa: It’ll be Chelsea or Atletico Madrid

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Blues striker Diego Costa offered some insight into his future following Chelsea’s FA Cup Final loss to Arsenal on Saturday.

The combustible striker was subject to a head-turning bid from the Chinese Super League this winter, but is only looking at two European locations for his future.

Those are his current club, Chelsea, as well as former home at Atletico Madrid.

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The 28-year-old Costa has kept his scoring pace level since arriving in the Premier League. He scored 64 goals in 134 matches for Atleti, and has notched 58 goals for Chelsea in 120 appearances.

Costa reportedly said, “No, no, no” when asked about China, as well as the following: