Sergio Ramos has spoken kindly of Real Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti, crediting the Italian for creating a positive atmosphere at the club.
Mundo Deportivo has reported an interview Ramos has given to Champions magazine in which he speaks of his desire to win the Champions League.
Ramos also reserved positive words for Ancelotti, who he feels is someone he would get along with away from football.
“He’s a great person, very loving, simple and humble,” the centre-back added.
“His good nature is contagious and he’s very close to us. He’s not just a Coach and we have the greatest respect for him.
“Carlo is a very quiet person. He’s friendly and likes to joke. He could be a friend outside work.
“The Coach understands our work. He knows what it’s like being a football since he has played too.
“He knows how to win trophies and when something is wrong with a player.
“We are very pleased with his philosophy and way of working. He has the full support of the team and we’re safe and confident in his methods.”
Ramos was asked who he has most modelled his game on and cited a number of former Real Madrid players before picking out one ex-Madridista and a Milan legend as his idols.
“I had the luck and privilege to play with the best in the world…Ronaldo, Zidane, Roberto Carlos…I don’t know,” he considered.
“I’ve played with all of these stars. But perhaps through admiration and rivalry I’ve noticed more Fernando Hierro and Paolo Maldini.
“I see myself in them in the position I play.”