Sergio Ramos has welcomed Diego Costa’s decision to represent Spain and insisted there is no problem between the pair.
Ramos and Costa were in opposition on Sunday as the Madrid derby ended in a 2-2 draw, with the game a feisty affair throughout.
Costa and Ramos were at the centre of a number of incidents but the defender has said there is no ill-feeling and club matters won’t bleed over into the national team.
“I think Costa is a great choice and can bring many things,” AS reports Ramos as saying.
“There’s no problem. It’s part of our sport, we defend our interests.
“Football is to unite, not separate. We’re teammates now and we need other treatment.
“We know [Atletico Madrid] have a strong character and heart and that’s part of their style.
“[Madrid’s] is to control the ball more. They defend their thing and we defend ours.
“It’s good to have another team that can challenge for the title. They are doing very well and are at a high level.”
Ramos added that after yesterday’s game, the destination of the title remains up in the air.
“[La Liga] is still very open. We have a small gap.
“We started the year very strong and now have to go game by game to increase that distance.
“I’m proud to play in this League. For me it’s the best in the world. Atleti are also hopeful of winning it.
“Yesterday we dropped in confidence after the first goal.
“I’ll take the second half. I don’t think we deserved more than a draw.”
Ramos then turned his attention to Wednesday’s friendly of Italy and spoke warmly of his memories of the Euro 2012 final against the same opposition.
“The final against Italy was one of our best games,” he said.
“Whenever we play Italy the games are interesting and emotional.
“We’re not always going to win with the national team. We’ve been lucky to live through such a good run.
“The last two friendlies have been different and we can’t be reproached for them. Italy is going to be a great game.
“I have the utmost respect for playing for the national team and I hope people enjoy it.”