Manuel Pellegrini Admits He Did Not See Kaka’s Real Madrid Presentation

The Merengues coach wasn’t afraid to admit he was too busy with his holidays to watch Kaka’s royal welcome at the Bernabeu.
2 Jul 2009 01:59:25

As thousands crammed into the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday evening and millions more tuned in on television to witness Kaka’s first appearance in the illustrious white shirt of Real Madrid, the team’s new coach, Manuel Pellegrini, decided to give the extravagant show a miss.

The ex-Villarreal tactician, currently still on holidays back in Chile, admitted that he did not watch the Brazilian playmaker’s induction fiesta, although he affirmed that it would have been an occasion “worthy” of the player.

He assured, however, that missing the presentation doesn’t mean he’s not committed to the club’s cause as he looked ahead to what will be, by a country mile, his biggest managerial challenge yet.

“I have the same desire at all the clubs I’ve coached,” he was quoted as saying by AS.

“Real Madrid start their season next Friday and they are a club who are more important than any other.

“We have the possibility of doing something massive with all the big players that we have and that has made me highly motivated.”

Pellegrini will fly back to Madrid on Sunday before kicking off pre-season preparations on July 10. Their first tour will be in Dublin from July 13 to 22, and Shamrock Rovers will have the privilege of becoming the first side to take on the star-studded Blancos.

KS Leong,


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