Brazilian given chance to captain side by Amelia.
AC Milan midfielder Kaka has thanked goalkeeper Marco Amelia after being handed the captain’s armband for the friendly win over Chiasso on Saturday.
The 31-year-old made his first appearance for the club since re-joining them on a free transfer last week, and impressed in the 4-0 win.
While he did receive mixed reviews in the newspapers the following day, both he and coach Massimiliano Allegri were impressed with his performance as he looks to improve his fitness levels.
However, the surprise of the game came from Amelia, who handed his new team-mate the armband for the friendly outing.
“It has been a fantastic weekend for me,” he told Sky Sport Italia as quoted by ESPN. “In the friendly it gave me shivers to wear the captain’s armband and it was a real surprise.
“I didn’t expect it, so I thank Amelia for this honourable gesture. We thought together that it would be a nice thing, both for me and for Milan.”
It is unclear at this stage as to whether Kaka will be ready to make his mark in Serie A this weekend, as he featured for 45 minutes in Switzerland before being substituted.
Allegri hinted that he has been working hard in training and will continue to help him reach his peak fitness level, but is delighted with the quality he will bring to the squad as well as the lift in confidence he has provided for the club in general.
With the Rossoneri deciding to sell Kevin-Prince Boateng and bring back the Brazilian, they now have a genuine No.10 to help create for the likes of Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy.