Kaka: I can shine for Real Madrid

The midfielder was close to leaving los Blancos in January but insists that he is ready to give his all to shine for the club after starting against Rayo Vallecano

Real Madrid midfielder Kaka says he is confident that he can prove to be a valuable asset for the club this season.

The Brazil international has failed to cement a starting berth under Jose Mourinho, and has been restricted to intermittent appearances while the Portuguese coach has been in charge.

However, the former AC Milan star started in Madrid’s 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano over the weekend, and hopes that his hard work will pay off with regards to first-team football this season.

“When I’m struggling, I can still dream about my successes,” he told AS. “But, training as hard as I am doing, I can achieve my goal and shine for Real Madrid.

“I’m working hard for the team, for me and for the Real Madrid coach. I’m recovering sensations that seemed lost.”

The 30-year-old intimated in January that he wanted to return to Milan, but the switch failed to come to fruition.

La Liga Team of the Week: Kaka and Messi make the grade

The Brazilian played himself into Jose Mourinho’s thoughts with a polished performance against Rayo Vallecano, while the Argentine was Barcelona’s match-winner at Granada

Lionel Messi led Barcelona to three more points in the 24th round of La Liga at the weekend, while Kaka impressed for a Real Madrid side stifled somewhat after the dismissal of Sergio Ramos.

Here, Goal.com looks at the best players from the latest Liga action as the Primera Division approaches its final third.

In goal, Willy Caballero is included again, this time for a stellar showing in the narrow victory over Athletic Bilbao, the Argentine frustrating the Basques with a number of superb saves.

At the back, Fede Fernandez scored and was solid for Getafe, while Ricardo Costa rescued 10-man Valencia with a vital goal and Carlos Martinez put in another polished performance for Real Sociedad.

In midfield, his team-mate Asier Illarramendi was exceptional, while Gary Medel scored twice for Sevilla and was typically combative for the Andalusians. Kaka showed signs of his quality in the win over Rayo Vallecano, while Cesc Fabregas was back on form for Barcelona as the Catalans came from behind to beat Granada.

Further forward, Lionel Messi netted both goals for the Catalans to surpass 300 goals for the club, while Diego Costa scored for Atletico Madrid against one of his former teams, Valladolid, and Adrian Colunga provided a constant threat and netted for Getafe against Celta.

Ancelotti: Impossible to choose between Messi & Ronaldo

The Paris Saint-Germain coach believes that the Barcelona and Real Madrid stars are evenly matched, and reiterated that he will stay in the French capital next season

Carlo Ancelotti has claimed that it is impossible to separate Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo when it comes to quality.

The two have enjoyed a long-standing rivalry, and have dominated  the field for the Ballon d’Or award in recent years, and the Paris Saint-Germain coach feels that they are equals.

“It is impossible to choose [between them],” he told Ma Chaine Sport. “They are both fantastic players.”

Ronaldo has been mooted with a switch to the Parc des Princes, as speculation over his Santiago Bernabeu future con tines to mount.

His current coach Jose Mourinho has also been linked with a move to the Ligue 1 club, but Ancelotti reiterated his stance that he “will stay” in his current position come the end of the season.

I'd be delighted if Bale goes to Real Madrid, jokes Reina

The Liverpool shot-stopper quipped that he has had enough of the Welshman causing him problems, but ruled out a return to Barcelona to replace the outgoing Victor Valdes

Pepe Reina has joked that he would love to see Gareth Bale move to Real Madrid, so that he does not have to face the Tottenham winger.

The current Liga champions are long-term admirers of Bale’s and Goal.com revealed in December that the north London club are already preparing for his potential exit in the summer.

And Reina believes that Bale is comparable to Liverpool talisman, Luis Suarez, who has also been linked with a move to Spain, although the keeper does not believe the Uruguay man will leave Anfield.

He told Marca: “If Real Madrid signs Bale I’ll be delighted. He causes me a lot of problems!

“I can’t see Luis Suarez playing in La Liga. I think he’ll stay at Liverpool. He’s a great player. So are Bale and a few others in the Premier League.”

The shot-stopper also backed Real Madrid to beat Manchester United in their Champions League second-leg clash in two weeks after a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu last week.

“I want Real to win the Champions League tie against United,” Reina added. “It’s a Spanish team and I’ve got lots of friends there.”

Reina himself has been linked with a move from Liverpool. Arsenal are keen admirers in the Spaniard, while he has also been linked with a return to Barcelona to fill in for Victor Valdes, who has announced he will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of next season.

He said: “I’m sure Victor Valdes will have his reasons for deciding to leave Barcelona. I respect him. He’s my team-mate and friend.

“He’ll be leaving with his head held high, as he’s given his all to Barcelona. Any talk of me joining Barca is just speculation. I’ve got a contract at Liverpool and I’m very happy here.”

Mourinho refuses to rule out Ligue 1 move

The Real Madrid coach has been linked with a return to the Premier League after his stint in La Liga, but has hinted that France could be a future destination

Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho has expressed his desire to work in France at some point in his career.

The former Chelsea boss has long been linked with a return to England, and as recently as last week stated that the Premier League will be his next destination after when his spell in Spain comes to an end.

He has also been linked with the Paris Saint-Germain job, though, and has claimed that he would not be averse to coaching in Ligue 1 in the future.

“Coaching in France is a possibility, but I don’t know when,” he told Canal+.

“I can’t say when, but why not?”

PSG are rumoured to be growing impatient with current boss Carlo Ancelotti, prompting speculation that they could make an approach for a big name such as Mourinho or Arsene Wenger.