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Milan, Brazil set to clash over Kaká


AC Milan and Brazil could be set to clash if Kaká is convened to play at this summer's Olympic games in Beijing.

Although the Olympics conclude before the start of the 2008-09 Serie A season, the Rossoneri not only want their Brazilian superstar to get some much needed rest -- especially considering his well-documented knee problems -- but the chances are that he will also be required to secure qualification to the Champions League proper.

Milan will need to go through a preliminary phase if they finish outside of the top two this season, which considering that it trails Roma by 15 points is looking like a virtual certainty.

Kaká has said recently that he would be open to playing at the Olympics should Brazil call him as one of its three over-aged players.

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However, Rossoneri boss Carlo Ancelotti appeared less than happy about the idea when asked Tuesday.

"Kaká at the Olympics? Playing a [Champions League] preliminary round without Kaká would not be the best thing," said Ancelotti. "I think that some discussion about it has been made or will be made. Surely we will need talk about it both with the Brazilian Federation as well as with him."

Milan faces a struggle to even make the Champions League preliminaries, as it is currently in fifth place in Serie A, four points behind Fiorentina, which holds the final ticket to Europe's premier club competition.