MADRID – Real Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane insisted on Friday there was a good relationship between captain Sergio Ramos and forward star Cristiano Ronaldo amid rumors of a rift between the two key players.
Zidane’s remarks came after Ronaldo said the departure of some important players during the summer transfer window – including Pepe and Alvaro Morata – had affected the squad.
Ramos responded by saying Ronaldo’s critique of the departed players was “opportunistic.”
“The good thing is that I’ve got two players who have made history at this club. Both of them know what we’re playing for and they respect each other,” Zidane said at a press conference ahead of the derby match against Atletico Madrid.
Atletico Madrid is tied in points with Real Madrid; 8 points behind the La Liga’s leading Barcelona.
“One of them saying one thing, and the other, another, that’s for you to discuss. We’re relaxed on the inside and we’re only thinking about tomorrow’s game,” Zidane said.
“Sergio is very smart and he can say whatever he likes. The same goes for Cristiano. They’re bright guys, they’ve been together a long time and have won a lot,” he continued.
Asked about the injured players, Zidane confirmed that defender Dani Carvajal was fit for Saturday’s match, as was midfielder Luka Modric.
He also added that the Walsh forward Gareth Bale is set to resume the teamwork next week, much earlier than expected.