Kaka: Milan ready to fight for Scudetto

AC Milan icon Kaka is confident about his former club's Scudetto chances in 2017-18.

After years of mediocrity and a sixth-place finish in the previous campaign, Milan has emerged as a serious contender to Juventus' throne in 2017-18 thanks to its recent signings.   -  Getty Images

It is all about the here and now for AC Milan icon Kaka, who believes the Italian giant is ready to fight for the Serie A title this season.

After years of mediocrity and a sixth-place finish in the previous campaign, Milan has emerged as a serious contender to Juventus' throne in 2017-18 thanks to the backing of their new Chinese owners.

Milan has overhauled its squad, prising Serie A winner and Italy international Leonardo Bonucci away from Juve, while also signing Andre Silva, Lucas Biglia, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ricardo Rodriguez, Mateo Musacchio, Andrea Conti, Franck Kessie and Fabio Borini.

There is a belief that it is too soon for Vincenzo Montella's side to bridge the gap in Italy having not won the Scudetto since 2010-11, but 2007 Ballon d'Or winner Kaka – who tasted Serie A and Champions League success during his time in Milan – is daring to dream again.

Asked if big-spending Milan are ready to win the Scudetto, the Orlando City captain said, "I think Milan is doing really well in the transfer market.

"They have bought very good players with good spirit.

"I hope and I wish that Milan will fight for the Scudetto this season and return to the Champions League.

"This is what I want for Milan. I love the club, I support the club. I want to see them winning and being in the place they deserve to be – at the top."

Before Milan opens its Serie A campaign, it faces Macedonian side Shkendija in the first leg of the final Europa League play-off round on Thursday.

Milan's attention then turns to Sunday's trip to Crotone as it bids to return to the Italian summit.