San Siro (Giuseppe Meazza)

Next Game

Inter v R Madrid

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 23:00

Friendly Match

Ramos worry for Real Madrid

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is willing to play through the pain barrier in Friday night's Copa del Rey final against Atletico Madrid.

Last Updated: 17/05/13 at 23:32 Post Comment

Sergio Ramos: Concern for Real Madrid

Sergio Ramos: Concern for Real Madrid

Ramos has not played since the Champions League semi-final second leg with Borussia Dortmund on April 30 due to a muscle injury.

Madrid's problems in defence were dealt another blow last weekend when Raphael Varane picked up a knee injury against Espanyol which has ruled him out for the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, Ramos' partner in central defence at the start of the season, Pepe, is out of favour with Jose Mourinho after criticising the coach over his treatment of goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

With Mourinho's options running short, Ramos told a press conference on Thursday evening that he may have to play against Atletico, even if he is at less than 100 per cent.

He said: "The boss knows what level of fitness I'm at in and the injury I've had.

"I want to give everything for the team, and the team need me due to the current circumstances.

"We are all ready to play and looking forward to it, we all need to be prepared."

Ramos also sought to play down the rift between Pepe and the coach, saying: "It was nothing special. Pepe has not been separated from the team, he has been training with us like another member of the team, but it's up to the coach if he plays.

"The mentality of this team is that there are no starters or substitutes, that's good for the team."

Ramos added that the team would not be affected by speculation of unrest between the players and Mourinho when they take to the Bernabeu pitch.

"We should not be concerned at all by what people say, it's vital that the well being of the group should come before any of us. We have a trophy to play for."

He added: "There can be no excuses. You play finals in order to win them."

Ramos was the only member of the Madrid squad to attend the press conference, which was marked by the absence of Mourinho amid ongoing speculation that he could leave at the end of the season, with Chelsea his likely destination.

But the Spain international said: "Today we decided that one of the players would speak, and I'm delighted to do that.

"We are here to talk about football, not about controversies or anyone's future."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Liverpool's Adam Lallana could miss start of Premier League with knee injury

Adam Lallana looks set to miss the start of the new Premier League season after suffering a knee injury in training.

Liverpool: Fara Williams welcomes Steven Gerrard contract news

Fara Williams reckons the contract set to be handed to Steven Gerrard will give Liverpool supporters a huge boost.

Transfer news: Sunderland sign Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea

Sunderland have completed the signing of Holland left-back Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea on a four-year deal.

Mail Box

Are Pre-Season Tours Really A Problem?

Are pre-season tours really a problem? Liverpool went to Australia last summer and it didn't prevent them from having a good season. Plus, thoughts on LvG and keepers...

It Isn't Easy Supporting Spurs, You Know

We have a long mail about the travails of supporting Spurs, plus Friday thoughts on Marko Marin, marketing, victory v beauty, travelling and vanishing sprays...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property