Manchester United target Kaka has been hailed as a 'legend' by Brazil teammate Neymar.

The Santos star is set to team up with Kaka for Brazil ahead of their international friendlies against Iraq and Japan, and Neymar paid tribute to a player he loved to watch growing up.

The 30-year-old Real Madrid star has not been selected for Brazil since the 2010 World Cup, but won a recall to the squad after a series of impressive performances for the La Liga champions.

And Neymar can't wait to play in the same team as Kaka.

"He's a legend," Neymar told reporters. "Kaka led the national team for many years and I hope that we can play together many times.

"Playing alongside him is going to be very special, because he's a role model for this generation of players."

Kaka emerged as a transfer target for Manchester United this summer, after he reportedly fell out of favour with Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.

Sir Alex Ferguson was believed to be exploring the possibility of bringing the 2007 Ballon d'Or winner to Old Trafford, but the Madrid star has recently begun to work his way back into the Bernabeu first-team.

Manchester United have been linked with a number of centre-midfielders, most recently Kevin Strootman, and it seems unlikely that United would resurrect their interest in Kaka.

Brazil face Iraq face, and Neymar and Kaka are both expected to play, on Thursday night.

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