Gareth Bale forcing out £56 million man

The possible arrival of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid from Tottenham is seen as the final straw for Kaka.

It is a little of a surprise that he has lasted this long, but right now former Ballon d'Or winner Kaka sees the writing is on the wall.

The Brazilian was a world record signing at the time of his arrival in 2009, one which was promptly broken by the addition of Cristiano Ronaldo who has overshadowed him ever since.

While Ronaldo has set record after record, Kaka has been an abject failure, unable to live up to the hype which preceded his arrival based on his sensational form in Italy which saw Milan crowned 2007 Champions League winners.

He was linked with a move away from the club last summer, which didn't materialise, and neither did a mooted January return to Milan.

Now 31, the playmaker had hoped the arrival of former Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti would transform his fortunes, but this is looking increasingly unlikely to be the case.

He was an unused substitute in both of Real's opening two La Liga games, with even the man who sent him into the shadows, Mesut Ozil, struggling for a place in the side.

With Madrid continuing their pursuit of Gareth Bale, Kaka has finally seen that the writing is on the wall, and has urged the club to sell him before deadline.

"I want to leave. I think it’s the best thing for me and for the club. I'm trying to solve it before Monday."

Bale will represent one more obstacle in front of Kaka in the race to the first team, and the last straw for his chances of redemption. The fact Madrid are so relentlessly pursuing him, and Kaka has not had a kick in two games, has only indicated further his need to move on.

A return to Milan remains a distinct possibility, as does a switch back to his homeland in Brazil. A return revived the fortunes of Ronaldinho, a Copa Libertadores winner last month.

Back when Kaka was winning the Ballon d'Or, Bale was playing in the Football League with Southampton. Who would have thought back then that he could one day he could be pushing the Brazilian out of the door at one of the world's biggest clubs.

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