Don't expect the Kaká to Orlando City SC rumors to go away anytime soon. Not with the Brazilian himself saying a move from AC Milan would be followed by one stateside.
The 31-year-old former Ballon d'Or winner has long been linked with the MLS expansion side, which will open play in 2015, and recently told Italian daily Corriere della Sera that he'll consider his future with the struggling Serie A club at the end of the season.
“One day, I would like to play in America,” Kaká said. “Let’s see. At the end of the season, I will talk to [general manager Adriano Galliani]. Not just to speak about bonuses and money -- money is not the main thing for me now, and I think that is understood. I want to see what his ideas are and what the club’s ideas are.
“If it turns out I need to move, I will choose the MLS.”
The midfielder's likely MLS destination appears to be Orlando City, owned by fellow Brazilian and friend Flávio Augusto da Silva, especially after the player paid an offseason visit to the club's training facilities.
“I believe that every team would like to have Kaká in their team, of course, Orlando City as well,” da Silva told MLSsoccer.com in November. “But I cannot say Kaká because Kaká now is playing very well in Milan. Kaká is a great friend of mine. We already work together with my company in Brazil. But why not? The only thing I can say right now is that we’re going to bring someone very, very special.”
At the same event, club president Phil Rawlins was even more pointed, confirming the club's had talks with Kaká.
“We’ve had discussions with Kaká," club president Phil Rawlins said. “He’s very well known to the organization. We’ll have to see what the next two years bring for him with the World Cup and AC Milan, but if he wants to come here, he’d be very very welcome. I know he loves Central Florida, his family loves it. We’ll see.”