Monday March 11 2019
Sergio Ramos: "Real Madrid players will not hide"

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has posted a series of comments on social media in an attempt to clarify a series of media reports regarding chaos at the club.

The central defender admitted he deliberately was booked in a Champions League game and is reported to have had rows with club president Florentino Perez and teammate Marcelo.

In addition to this, the Spain international was criticised for recording a documentary during the defeat to Ajax and was criticised for travelling to Real Valladolid whilst suspended.

Ramos took to Twitter to ask himself a series of questions - which had been posed in Spanish media over the past week - and addressed every point throughly. 

“As footballers we like to do our talking on the pitch but this season is not turning out that way," Ramos wrote on Twitter.

“Recent events have been disastrous and I’m not hiding. We are not hiding. We the players are primarily responsible and I, as captain, more than anyone.

“That's why I thought that the most honest way to answer the questions that are circulating around us would be to tackle them directly.

“Was the yellow card in Amsterdam an error? Absolutely it was an error and I take the blame 200%.

“Why did you record the documentary? There are certain commitments made and it never remotely went through my head that the game could have turned out as it did. The recording itself was scaled down as the game went on.

“Did you argue with the President in the dressing room? Dressing room issues are discussed and resolved in the dressing room. There's no problem whatsoever and everybody has the same interest: Real Madrid.

“Did you address your teammates and criticize them? We always talk and motivate each other in the dressing room and always in a constructive way.

“Did you have a confrontation with Marcelo? We have exchanges in every training session. It's part of working with pressure.

“But it’s just an anecdote like so many others that happen from day to day. Marcelo is like a brother to me.

“Why did you travel to Valladolid? Because I wanted to be close and support my teammates.

“What's happening with the Coach? It’s a decision that’s not ours to make and in which we never interfere. We have enormous respect for the position and we always support the Real Madrid Coach.

“These reflections are, without doubt, the result of a deeply disappointing season but if success didn’t stop us, we're not going to let defeat stop us. It's our obligation to carry on, to work and to evolve.

“And to remember that some of us are lucky enough to play for Real Madrid, some of us are lucky enough to form part of its history, but Real Madrid was, is and will always be Real Madrid.

“No one name makes the legend of Real Madrid, but we have all written that legend together. Together we have to work for the future and restore our hope. Madridista Commitment. #HalaMadrid.”

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