Meet…………Rayo Vallecano’s Gaël KakutaOctober 10, 2018
In our first Meet…… feature, we take a closer look at the career of Rayo Vallecano midfielder Gaël Kakuta.
The 27-year-old has been a steady performer for Rayo this season so far, making seven appearances and scoring once.
But what do we really know about the former Chelsea man……
Ban and fine at 18-years-old
When joining Chelsea in 2007, Kakuta began his youth career in England but was quickly embroiled in an investigation which saw the youngster banned for four months and fined €780,000 due to a breach of contract with his old club Lens.
Chelsea were also banned from signing any players in the next two windows due to their involvement, receiving a fine for €130,000 fine, payable to RC Lens.
Golden Boy and Michael Ballack praise
Whilst his time with Chelsea failed to see him flourish, resulting in his exit in 2010 – Kakuta did receive high praise from a number of players, including former Germany international Ballack, who famously said to reporters: “Go see the French lad, he is the star”.
Kakuta took this praise and earned the Academy Scholar of the Year award and was voted Academy Player of the Year.
The French youngster would then seal the UEFA U19 European Championship Golden Player award in 2010, which to date is his only honour.
Medi Abalimba imprisoned for spending Kakuta’s money
October 2014 saw Kakuta involved in a strange story which saw Abalimba sent to prison for racking up bills in nightclubs and restaurants in the name of Kakuta.
Abalimba was once sold to Derby County for £1.2m and once earned £4,000 per week as a footballer but a life of crime and debt saw him struggling for cash and his decision to impersonate Kakuta cost him four years in prison.
DR Congo and his decision to leave the French national side
Kakuta impressively represented the French national team from U16 up to U21, but after four years without a change in the senior squad – he made the decision and accepted an offer from DR Congo to play for them.
He has to date made four appearances for the African side, scoring once.