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Ex-Real Madrid, AC Milan ace Kaka: Relationship with owner sealed Orlando City move

Orlando City SC's marquee signing Kaka has revealed a number of reasons for joining the MLS expansion franchise.

The 32-year old former AC Milan and Real Madrid attacking midfielder officially signed with the Lions in June last year before being sent on loan to his first club Sao Paulo until the start of the 2015 MLS season.

Brazil international Kaka admits there was plenty of interest from other MLS clubs but suggests his relationship with Orlando City owner and fellow countryman Flavio Augusto da Silva was the overriding factor for deciding on a move to Florida.

"I've always said that one day I would like to play here in MLS," Kaka told assembled reporters in California on Tuesday.

"I had some contact in the [past] years with the (LA) Galaxy and New York Red Bulls, but I started to work with Flavio, he had an English school in Brazil, WiseUp.

"We started to do some things together, and we started this relationship, and he said to me he wants to buy a franchise in the league.

"And so we start to think [ahead] to this moment, in Orlando. So the moment arrived, and I decided to come to Orlando City, for all these things [because] I would like to play here, one day, and also because a Brazilian and a friend had a club, so everything [came] together."

Kaka, who became Orlando City's first Designated Player when he signed, added: "If I didn't have an agreement with Flavio, for sure I would have come for another team."

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