Kaka is hoping to fall in love with football again after rejoining AC Milan on Monday.
Real Madrid spent €65m for Kaka four years ago, but the transfer will go down as one of the worst in history.
“It wasn’t Jose Mourinho’s fault that I left Real Madrid,” the 31-year-old stated after being presented to the media on Thursday. “It wasn’t because of him – he actually made me stronger.
“I looked to give my best for him in these years, making sure I was always at his disposal. Unfortunately I wasn’t always fit and that didn’t help.
“It was a good personal experience for me in Madrid, less so professionally. But it was a spell which helped me to grow, I matured a lot.
“I don’t regret the years in the Real shirt, but, seeing how things went, I did lose a little desire to play. The decision to leave was taken after speaking with Carlo Ancelotti.
“I didn’t play with continuity, partly because of the injuries, partly because of the competition for places.
“I want to play regularly at Milan, that was what I based my decision on. I will re-find the joy of playing football here. My desire was Milan.”
Kaka is now part of a very different Rossoneri side to the one he left, but he’s sure they will be a competitive force in 2013-14.
“Milan are amongst the seven biggest clubs in Europe and we must therefore try to win all competitions,” he added.
“Milan can do well in Italy and in Europe. We have a lot of champions who are used to certain pressures. I’m used to a winning Milan.
“It is a new situation for me though. I now have a different role here, to help the youngsters as I was helped by great champions in the past.”
Kaka has been acquired given that boss Massimiliano Allegri has reintroduced the 4-3-1-2 system at San Siro.
“I’m a trequartista, but I’ll play wherever the Coach wants me for the good of the team,” explained the South American.
“Mario Balotelli and I can work well together. Mario is doing some great things here, as he has for all the teams he has played for.
“But there is not just Mario, we have Alessandro Matri, Robinho, Giampaolo Pazzini, Stephan El Shaarawy. They are all great players.
“I need to find some consistency again, but I’m physically ready to play.”
He added: “These days have been special because my life is here. Being at Milanello today, it is as if I have never been away…”