New Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, who spoke to reporters Saturday for the first time since being presented to the media late last month, said Brazilian midfielder Kaka was working hard and was determined to improve on last season.

"It's clear he is very confident and very motivated about this season. We'll see what happens. He's a player with a lot of character and wants to do things better than last year," the Italian manager said of a player he also coached at A.C. Milan.

The coach touched on all aspects of the current club and analyzed his new team's first few days of training in preparation for the 2013-14 season.

"It was a good week. We worked hard, with seriousness and professionalism. The players did a good job. They're a bit tired but they put in some good work. I'm not surprised, but it's good to begin a season with this spirit and this atmosphere," he said.

Ancelotti replaced Portugal's Jose Mourinho after a season in which Real Madrid finished second in the Spanish league behind Barcelona and lost to Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League semifinals.

Regarding Sunday's first pre-season match against English second-tier club Bournemouth, he said "we have to be professional. Our physical conditioning is not optimal. Normal. Everyone is going to play 45 minutes and it will be important to start playing well."

The 2013-14 Spanish-league season kicks off on Aug. 17. EFE