June 25, 2012
JUST A RUMOR
Source: If Kaka does join the Red Bulls, it won't happen until after World Cup
By Kristian R. Dyer
BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
Multiple sources have confirmed to BigAppleSoccer.com that the linking of Real Madrid and Brazilian international Kaka with the Red Bulls is just a rumor. One source went so far as to call the conversations between the two sides as “nothing serious.”
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, several team and league sources confirmed this past week that at this point in his career, the Brazilian attacking midfielder will not be calling New York his home any time soon. The Red Bulls were linked heavily in the press with a surprise move for the player, who, along with his hefty contract, appears to be on his way out from the Bernabéu.
“This is a move that is not ready to happen yet,” one source said. “At this point it is just leverage and is a couple years away from happening.”
Last Friday Red Bulls sporting director Erik Soler and coach Hans Backe were asked about the rumors of their interest in Kaka. Both declined comment on the player since he is currently under contract.
Since joining Real Madrid in 2009, Kaka has at times struggled to find a place in the star-studded lineup, perhaps placing his status with the Brazilian National Team for the 2014 World Cup in jeopardy. A move to Major League Soccer might not happen till after that time.
“It won’t happen till after the World Cup at the earliest,” the league source said. “At this point in his career it won’t happen. He wasn’t seriously considering coming here and the talks never got that serious.”
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