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Perez clarifies Kaka future

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists the club have never been interested in selling Kaka, despite frequent uncertainty over the Brazilian's future.

Since moving to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009, the 30-year-old playmaker has struggled to demonstrate the sort of form that prompted the La Liga giants to pay AC Milan a world record €65million fee for his services.

Galatasaray have expressed an interest in signing Kaka providing they progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League, while clubs in Russia and China are also monitoring the South American's situation.

But, Perez insists there is no truth in the rumours that Jose Mourinho is happy to offload the player in January, even though he has struggled with injury over the past three years.

"We've never said that we wanted to sell Kaka, and we've never tried to sell him," he told supporters at an assembly of club members. "Kaka has earned us lots of money.

"He came to the club three years ago as an investment that has brought us big profits. Economically speaking, it's a transfer that has borne fruits."

Kaka has made just one appearance for the Spanish giants this season, coming on as a substitute in last night's 5-1 victory over Deportivo.

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