Gunmen believed to be linked to an Islamic militant group opened fire Monday in a mosque in Thailand, killing 10 people, a police official said.
The 27-year-old midfielder is currently on international duty ahead of Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Paraguay on Wednesday but was released for the medical tests in the north-eastern city of Recife. Kaka is set to become the first of the new wave of ‘galacticos’ brought together under the leadership of returning club president Florentino Perez. A statement on the Brazilian Football Federation Web site confirmed: “The technical committee of the Brazilian national team attended the request of Kaka and the board of Real Madrid and released the player to perform the routine examinations in a clinic in Recife. “The CBF had to make all the arrangements for the test through its Medical Department head Jose Luiz Runco, who accompanied the player during the tests.” Milan president Silvio Berlusconi had told former World Player nof the Year Kaka that he had to decide on his future on Monday. The Serie A club’s owner revealed on Italian television station Rai, he would meet with the Brazil playmaker at the start of next week to thrash out the former World Player of the Year’s future. Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani said last week that the club had agreed to sell the 27-year-old Kaka for “solely economic” reasons. “Milan can not go on losing €70 million ($99 million) a year,” he told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday
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“Kaka has behaved very professionally with us, he has never asked for his deal to be revised or his contract extended. He has been here six years and won everything there is to win. But we can’t afford to miss out on $100 million.” Galliani said there was no chance of English club Chelsea — who appointed former Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti as manager on Monday — swooping in to beat Real for Kaka’s signature. An agreement with Chelsea could not exist,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. “Kaka goes to Real or he remains at Milan. That is his will and we are doing everything in complete agreement.” Kaka scored the final goal from the penalty spot as Brazil moved to the top of South American qualifying for the 2010 World Cup finals after thrashing Uruguay 4-0 in Montevideo, their first victory in the country for 33 years. Last January, Kaka rejected a move to Premier League Manchester City who were prepared to pay him a reported $750,000 per week.