Mourinho: I hope Kaka stays
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Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho hopes Brazilian star Kaka will stay at the club. The 30-year-old former FIFA World Player of the Year has failed to achieve consistency since his €65m move from AC Milan in 2009.

There has been interest expressed by his former club in a return to the San Siro, and there is the possibility of a return to his boyhood Sao Paulo team. But Mourinho, speaking after Real Madrid's 5-1 friendly win over Los Angeles Galaxy on their USA tour, told the club's official website: "For me there is no problem.

"We will try to get the best out of him. He is a good player. He played well last season and helped us win games. Our hope is that he stays. As a coach I would be happy because he is serious, hardworking and contributes to the group.

"In some matches he is a great player, with quality and the ability to help us win. We know him well and have worked together for two years. He contributed well last season and I know what he has in his head. We do not need to send messages. The important thing is that he decides on his future that is ideal for himself.".

Mourinho also said that Arsenal target Nuri Sahin can leave Real Madrid The Gunners are reportedly interested in signing Sahin on a season-long deal with an option to buy, but face competition from Galatasaray for the 23-year-old Turkey midfielder.

Emirates Stadium is Sahin's preferred destination and the transfer moved a step closer today when Mourinho declared he is surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu. "The point is that he's a young boy who wants to play every match," the Real manager said.

"He wants to play to be happy and in Real Madrid with Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Lassana Diarra, Esteban Granero and Mesut Ozil, the situation is not easy. Real Madrid is very difficult. It is not an easy club, because we demand a lot.

"We have great players and when you don't start well, it's difficult to do it. If he stays, he's not a problem for me. He's one more solution. We are leaving the situation in his hands. Decide what you want to decide, to be happy. If you decide to leave we're going to help you to leave. If you decide to stay, we're going to support you and try to succeed this season."