Florentino Pérez is clinging on to the hope that Kaká can still single-handedly win games like he did a few years ago for AC Milan.
While fellow 2009 signing Cristiano Ronaldo elevated himself from being one of the best players in the world to the historic footballer he is today at Madrid, that praise cannot be lavished on Kaká.
The Brazilian hasn't lived up to his €65 million transfer fee.
Kaka has decent numbers, with a total of 24 goals and 31 assists in 92 games, the majority of which were sub affected.
He has shown flashes of brilliance from time to time. A majestic display against Espanyol a season ago, in which he created two goals and scored another, showed he could still dominate.
The season before last, he memorably scored a brace and provided two assists in an entertaining 6-3 win over Valencia.
Nevertheless, these performances don't seem to convince José Mourinho, who sees Kaká as an invaluable impact sub.
This was on show against a stubborn APOEL side, when Kaká was directly and indirectly involved with two goals in the span of 18 minutes, having come on as a substitute.