Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Ramos acknowledges 'different opinions' but rubbishes Ronaldo rift rumours

The Real Madrid captain insists he has “a great friendship” with the Portuguese superstar at the Bernabeu.

SERGIO RAMOS HAS sought to rubbish reports suggesting that there is a rift between he and Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

It has been claimed that the pair no longer see eye to eye at the Santiago Bernabeu following disagreements over a number of issues.

Ronaldo’s public questioning of Real’s transfer policy over the summer is said to have irked Ramos, with the Portuguese star expressing his frustration at seeing Pepe, Fabio Coentrao and James Rodriguez leave the club.

Ramos’ support for a potential move to bring former Barcelona star Neymar to the Spanish capital is also reported to have disappointed Ronaldo, leading to a breakdown in a once solid relationship.

Real’s captain has, however, rubbished any talk of a feud and maintains that both men are “pulling in the same direction”.

Ramos told TVE: “Nothing has ever happened between him and me. There has always been a great friendship between us. We have a lot of personality and have some different opinions, but we’re pulling in the same direction.”

Real need everybody to be on the same page at present as their 2017-18 campaign is in danger of unravelling. A series of disappointing performances have left the defending La Liga champions eight points off the pace in the title race, with Zinedine Zidane’s side perched in fourth spot.

They will also finish as runners-up to Tottenham in their Champions League group, although they are assured of a place in the last 16. Progress has also been made in the Copa del Rey, but they were held to a shock 2-2 draw by third-tier Fuenlabrada in the second leg of their last-32 encounter.

Ronaldo, Ramos & Co. will be hoping to start building some momentum over the coming weeks, with a European date with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday set to be followed by a domestic tie with Sevilla and then a trip to Abu Dhabi for the Club World Cup.

Once Zidane’s side return to Spain, they will head into the winter break on the back of a first El Clasico clash of the season with Barcelona on 23 December.

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