Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos says boss Jose Mourinho has taught him a lot and it is a privilege to work under him.
The 26-year-old, signed by Madrid from Sevilla for €27m in 2005, a record for a Spanish teenager, feels his game has improved immensely since Mourinho’s arrival in May 2010.
“At the moment I am having one of the best times of my personal and professional life and I want to continue to get better and carry on winning things,” Ramos told Real Madrid’s official website.
“I have learned greatly from Mourinho. He is one of the wisest men in football and at a personal level he teaches you lots of things.
“His good advice has helped me mature as a person and it is a privilege to have him as the captain of our ship.”
Asked if his Madrid team had improved with regards to last season, Ramos was also clear.
“Time makes everyone better no matter what their profession. In every training session the boss makes us get to know each other even more.
“That gives us more confidence and there are few teams that can do what Real Madrid can do.
“We have improved as a team both defensively and offensively.”
Ramos was primarily a right-back when he joined Los Blancos but in the past two seasons has spent the majority of his time in central defence, although he says he would still be happy to revert to his former position if required.
“For me every year is a challenge. I never know if the team needs me to be used again at full-back.
“I have been more decisive at centre-back but I am also very comfortable at right-back, so if I have to play there at any time it is a position I know well and have good memories of,” he explained.