Sergio Ramos has addressed several issues at Real Madrid after posting an extensive statement on his official social media accounts.
The 32-year-old Madrid captain has been at the centre of controversy for a number of incidents, ranging from his yellow card against Ajax in the first-leg Champions League match and recording a documentary to his dressing room bust-up with Florentino Pérez and confrontation with Marcelo.
However, Ramos has decided to clear the air on some of the problems he has faced in recent months.
"As footballers, we like to do our talking on the pitch but this season is not turning out that way," he said.
"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."
When it came to his argument with the Los Blancos president, Ramos has said issues in the dressing room remain there and are solved there.
"Dressing room issues are discussed and resolved in the dressing room," he explained. "There's no problem whatsoever and everybody has the same interest: Real Madrid."
Speaking of Marcelo, the Madrid star said that he considers his teammate as a "brother."
"We have exchanges in every training session. It's part of working with pressure," he said.
"But it's just an anecdote like so many others that happen from day to day. [Marcelo] is like a brother to me."
Posted below are the rest of the Q&As in Ramos' statement.
"Was the yellow card in Amsterdam an error?
"Absolutely it was an error and I take the blame 200 per cent.
"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 address your teammates and criticise them?
"We always talk and motivate each other in the dressing room and always in a constructive way.
"Why did you travel to [Real] 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."
Ramos, who has recently been linked with a move to Juventus, finished his post by reflecting on the difficulties that the club have faced this season, but he admitted that the reigning Champions League holders can rebuild going forward.
"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," he explained.
"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."
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