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Kaka determined to stay at Real Madrid

Real Madrid playmaker Kaka has reiterated his desire to stay at the club this summer and still believes he can become an influential player for club and country again.

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Kaka, 30, signed for Real for £56 million in 2009 but injuries and loss of form have seen him struggle to make an impact in Spain, with the 2007 World Player of the Year starting just 49 La Liga games in three seasons.

There were reports in January that Jose Mourinho was ready to cash-in on Kaka, with PSG and Manchester United among those clubs linked with a potential bid.

However, the former AC Milan star has always stressed that he intends to see out the six-year contract he signed when he arrived at Real, and he still believes he can make a positive contribution.

"We have not talked about it yet as the league is not over," Kaka told Globo. "My contract still has three years to run and I will keep doing my job.

"Mourinho has been helping me and has given me chances. I do not want to leave Real Madrid."

Kaka's mediocre club form has also cost him his place at international level, but the 2002 World Cup winner is determined to force his way back into Brazil coach Mano Menezes' plans.

"I have a good relationship with Mano Menezes," he said. "I have spoken to him a few times and he came here to meet with me and Marcelo.

"I have told him that I want to play for the national team again. But I believe my return to the national team will depend on my performances at club level, as that is the reason why players get called up for the national side.

"I will, little by little, get my place back at my club, things will turn out well and I will be called up again."

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