Welcome home Kaka!

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Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty ImagesKaka led Milan to the 2007 Champions League title.

"Some loves never die, they just go round and come back again," Adriano Galliani told reporters last month. And so it is official, four years after his departure for the Spanish capital, Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, better known to the footballing world as Kaka, has returned to Milan.

Back in the surroundings which played host to some of his greatest moments, can the Brazilian reinvent himself and flourish or is it a backward step for the Rossoneri?

"In the last few days, I've been dreaming of hearing the fans sing my name in the San Siro again," he told Milan Channel. "I was very sad to leave this club and now it's great to be back. I'm very happy."

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With supporters flocking to Linate airport as well as Via Turati to greet their former hero, it would appear that the feeling is mutual, with the 31-year-old joining on a free transfer and signing a two-year deal.

The objective for the player is clear: having finally admitted that his spell with Real Madrid was ultimately a failure given his inability to replicate the kind of form he displayed with the Rossoneri, he wants to return to a certain level.

Coupled with the fact that the World Cup in his homeland is fast approaching, a return to Milan represents an almost ideal situation for him to re-establish himself in Europe. While injuries may have ensured he doesn't return the same player, there is enough talent and ability left combined with his creative intelligence to perhaps enjoy a renaissance.

Much has been made of the financial sacrifices he has made to push through a return to Italy, reportedly halving his wages in order to make the deal feasible. The argument remains that he is perhaps still over-paid considering the risk he may represent, but the details of the contract have now been agreed upon.

In the midst of all the euphoria though, it is vital to recognise that this version of Kaka will not be that of 2007, as memories will immediately flitter back to the double at Old Trafford and that pass in the Champions League final as well as many memorable goals in Serie A.

At 31, Kaka still has plenty to offer and will provide the club with a huge lift with the likes of Stephan El Shaarawy and Riccardo Saponara learning from their idol. The Brazilian still has the creativity to deliver in the trequartista role, although there will understandably be tweaks to his role from his first spell with the club.

The more important question though, is what does this mean for Milan? There are two arguments that can be made here: the first would see critics suggest that it is a step backwards and that it is a return to the questionable transfer strategy many thought the club had moved away from.

With both Alessandro Matri, 29, and Kaka joining, does it somewhat sacrifice the youth policy put in place last summer? Furthermore, does it really address the needs of this squad?

However, the other side to the argument embraces Kaka's return as he still has the capability of finally adding the creative class that has long been missing from this line-up.

The vision of the Brazilian pulling the strings in a withdrawn role behind El Shaarawy and Mario Balotelli could make this another stroke of genius from Galliani, but it is now up to Kaka to make this move a success.

Was bringing Kaka back to Milan a good move? What do you expect from him this season?

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