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Kaka: ‘Milan on the right path’

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Former hero, Kaka believes Milan have ‘found the right path’ and believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic will ‘make a difference until the end’.

Milan are currently going through a highly positive period under Stefano Pioli and are unbeaten in 15 League games and are yet to concede a goal in Serie A 2020-21.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned in January and the young Rossoneri side excelled with the 39-year-old in the squad at Milanello.

“They have a mix of leaders and youngsters. When I arrived, I was young and I found a structure that helped me.

“It’s important to continue. It seems to me that the Elliott fund has found the right path, a line the CEO [Ivan] Gazidis maintains,” Kaka told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“The work of [director Paolo] Maldini and that of [former director Zvonimir] Boban was important.

“We think of the German models, the national team from 2014. I like the renewal of Milan but learning from the veterans is fundamental.

“Without those I met at Milanello, I wouldn’t have become what I was. Young people are not enough.

“Let’s think of the Arsenal model. It’s nice, but they haven’t won in recent years. We need to be a little more concrete. For me it works better: leaders and young players for a future with quality.”

Kaka praised the impact Zlatan has on the group and said the veteran will continue to make a difference on the pitch.

“He raises everyone’s level. He motivates and has quality,” Kaka added. “It helps the youngsters a lot, makes the group grow.

“Teaches others to stay at a high level and takes away the pressure. The championship will be long and hard, I bet that he will make a difference until the end.”

Serie A is known for having many old players in the League and the former Brazil international thinks it’s ‘beautiful’.

“Italian football, more than others, cared about the history of the champions,” he said. “They don’t leave them on the pitch for past merits, but because they had faith in them.

“It allowed them to extend their careers, with respect. I find it beautiful. It’s an advantage of your system: the most experienced do not stay over the winter, but they transmit concrete values to the youngest.

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“But Italian football has amazing young players. [Alessandro] Bastoni, [Sandro] Tonali, just to name two names in the Derby.

“But I repeat, we need a mix, even if the green football is beautiful.”

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