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.

How can Man United qualify for last 16 of Champions League?

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Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.

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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.

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So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:

  • A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B

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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.

VIDEO: Can Leicester stun the world? Man United title favorites?

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The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?

With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.

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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.

Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.

Men in Blazers podcast: The Leicester fairytale goes on

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Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.

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Pellegrini updates status of Joe Hart’s hamstring injury

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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.

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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.

Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).