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Allegri: Kaka Set for Milan Start

Massimiliano Allegri confirmed that new signing Kaka will be in the AC Milan squad that travels to Torino on Saturday. “I think he will be in the starting XI,” the Rossoneri coach said on Friday. “He is in good shape, he has trained really well and he has the enthusiasm of a young boy. I think he is a little nervous about his debut tomorrow and it is only normal that he is missing a bit of match sharpness.

Despite the fact that Kaka has not played much over the last three years, where he was mainly used as a substitute by former club Real Madrid, Allegri thinks the Brazilian still has plenty to offer. “Kaka can give a lot to Milan. He has done some great things here at this club, he hasn’t played a lot over the last three years in Madrid, but he has immediately put himself at my disposal. He spends a lot of the day at Milanello and he is a great example for the youngsters.”

Allegri also deflected suggestions of a rift with young forward Stephan El Shaarawy, who was dropped for Milan’s second Serie A match against Cagliari. “There is no problem with El Shaarawy. It doesn’t exist. Stephan’s goals dried up in the second half of the season, but his performances remained good.” He added: “It was his first season under the spotlight, but he did well. Since he returned from the Confederations Cup, he’s only really missed the Cagliari game. You can’t fear competition for places when you are in a great team. That needs to be a stimulus. El Shaarawy needs to stay calm because he has my faith.”

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