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AC Milan midfielder Kaka has asked not to be paid while he recovers from a thigh injury picked up in his first game since rejoining the team.
Kaka, 31, was substituted after 70 minutes of Milan's draw against Torino at the weekend in his first outing since re-signing from Real Madrid.
"I don't want anything from Milan, except for love and support, until I'm fully fit and ready to play," he said. "For this reason I have decided to suspend my current pay for this period of time. The only thing I ask is for the support and help to recover properly.
"It is a difficult moment but I have started to work on getting better and I hope to get back as quickly as possible."
His comments were not made in the heat of the moment. He had spent some time discussing his proposal with Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani and club doctors. It is unclear whether Milan have accepted the offer.
Kaka made 295 appearances for Milan before joining Real Madrid for £56 million in 2009. He returned to Milan on a free transfer earlier this month.
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