'Mourinho has a rift with the whole Real Madrid dressing room' – Salgado

Former Real Madrid right-back Michel Salgado believes that coach Jose Mourinho does not have a bad relationship with just Iker Casillas, but with every Blancos player.

The Portuguese trainer dropped the iconic captain for the Liga matches against Malaga and Real Sociedad, and is rumoured to have had fallings out with a host of squad members in recent months.

“I don’t think Mourinho has a rift specifically with Casillas, but rather with the whole dressing room,” the 37-year-old told Sport Express.

“I think the coach needs to make the first move and hold a meeting with everyone to discuss the situation and clear the air.”

Madrid currently sit third in La Liga, 15 points behind rivals Barcelona, but the former Blackburn Rovers defender is adamant they still have a shot at the title.

“There are still four months to go: the season isn’t lost yet. There is still enough leeway to get things back on track.”

Finally, Salgado promised that he would soon return to the game, adding: “I’ll be back as a coach very soon.”

El Shaarawy: Playing alongside Kaka would be a dream come true

Stephan El Shaarawy hopes that Kaka’s proposed move from Real Madrid to AC Milan this winter goes through as he is looking forward to playing alongside the attacking midfielder.

Milan CEO Adriano Galliani revealed last week that all parties involved are keen to make the transfer happen, but added that sacrifices are necessary if Kaka is indeed to return to the Serie A giants.

“I really hope that the deal for Kaka goes through. He was always my hero and playing alongside him would be a dream come true,” El Shaarawy was quoted as saying on the official Milan website.

Meanwhile, players such as Giampaolo Pazzini and Mathieu Flamini are equally positive when it comes to Kaka’s possible return to San Siro.

“We’re all very curious to see if Kaka will come. If he does he’ll be welcomed with open arms and he’ll help us out a lot,” Pazzini stated.

“Ricky is a great champion and if he comes back, that’s a very positive thing for us,” Flamini concluded.

Kaka joined Madrid from Milan in the summer of 2009, but has never really been able to live up to the high expectations.

Morata: No problems between Cristiano Ronaldo & Mourinho

By Alberto Pinero

Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata believes that there is no problem between Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho and suggesting that they both get on well with each other.

Mourinho and Ronaldo were involved in a heated discussion after Madrid’s 2-0 Copa del Rey win over Valencia last week, but Morata has insisted that the atmosphere in the Blancos‘ dressing room is just fine.

“Everything seems normal between them as far as I can see. I do not know what happened, because I was not around at the time, but they maintain a normal relationship,” Morata told Goal.com.

“The team is united as ever and will always give everything.

“The goal is to progress in the Copa del Rey at Valencia’s expense, and we will do our utmost to close the gap with Barcelona in La Liga.”

Madrid currently sit third in La Liga, trailing leaders Barcelona by 15 points.

'The best performance in A-League history' – Goal.com's World Player of the Week Alessandro Del Piero

Sydney FC
7-1 Wellington Phoenix

Harking back with a performance from yesteryear, Alessandro Del Piero wins our latest edition of World Player of the Week after scoring four goals in what Australian football fans have gushed over as possibility the finest performance in A-League history.

The 38-year-old joined Sydney FC in 2012 having memorably and emotionally parted ways with Juventus at the end of their Serie A-winning campaign last year, and in the process became by far the biggest name in football to have been lured to play in the country professionally.

Life has not always been plain sailing ‘Down Under’ for the World Cup-winning Italian icon, but the striker received a standing ovation against Wellington Phoenix this weekend after an unstoppable showing in their 7-1 victory.

Del Piero opened the scoring with a left-footed poacher’s finish before making it 3-0 from the spot. His third goal involved a jerking dribble from the edge of the box and a scorching finish. And – for the first time in his career – he scored a fourth goal in a competitive game with a shot that rocketed into the roof of the net, before being substituted to emphatic applause from all around the ground.

Goal.com Australia’s Paddy Higgs: “It is hard to look past the 38-year-old Juventus legend as the deserved winner this week, who has at times struggled to hide his frustrations with the Sky Blues’ performances this season. Not so on Sunday, when Del Piero scored four times and also contributed an assist in his side’s thumping of the Wellington Phoenix.

“Del Piero may not be as nimble as he used to, but he showed in three of his four goals (the other was from the penalty spot) that he had lost little of his craft, touch and finishing.

“The veteran is in talks with Sydney FC to take up the option of a second season to his stay and – with many labelling the performance as the best individual one in the league’s history – you can see why the A-League club are desperate to hold on to the Italian.”

Congratulations to Alessandro Del Piero, Goal.com’s 192nd World Player of the Week winner!

The Shortlist

Bjorn Velmincks – Genclerbirligi

@JoeWright004: “Perfect debut in a thrilling victory.”

Goal.com’s Miles Chambers: “Four goals in one game is great, but on your debut? An truly incredible feat.”

Paul Pogba – Juventus

@TheThezoom: “Pogba, [for scoring] two beautiful goals for Juve.”

Goal.com’s Kris Voakes: “With each performance, he gives Man Utd reason to regret losing him.”

Viktor Fischer – Ajax

  Jake Daniels: “Forget Christian Eriksen – Fischer’s the future for the Dutch giants!”

Goal.com’s Stefan Coerts: “The Dane once more rose to the occasion in a big game to help Ajax beat Feyenoord.”

Cristiano Ronaldo – R. Madrid

@faraioswald: “C Ronaldo [as] he destroyed Valencia.”

Goal.com’s Kilian Caballero: “He had a wonderful first half on Sunday and led Madrid in their Copa leg victory.”

Varane: Madrid were spectacular against Valencia

Raphael Varane feels Real Madrid put in a spectacular performance in the opening 45 minutes of their 5-0 La Liga win over Valencia on Sunday.

Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria netted twice before the break after Gonzalo Higuain had opened the scoring for the Blancos, and Varane was over the moon with his side’s first-half display.

“The team played very well, our first half was spectacular and we are happy with the win,” Varane told reporters.

“We always try to play that way, but things don’t always go how we want. On Sunday we were very good and safe at the back.”

The Frenchman then went on to stress that Madrid have not given up on La Liga just yet, while adding that there are no internal problems.

He added: “We have to go match by match and give our all. The league isn’t over until the end and we’ll keep fighting.

“Everything is good in the dressing room, there are no problems at all.”

Madrid currently sit third in La Liga, trailing leaders Barcelona by 15 points.