Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has sought to address a number of supposed issues at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the World Cup winner acknowledging that mistakes have made but the squad remains united.
The 2018-19 campaign has been a testing one for all concerned in the Spanish capital, with a side so accustomed to challenging for major honours set to finish without La Liga, Copa del Rey or Champions League prizes.
It has also been suggested that a prominent figure at the Bernabeu has clashed with team-mates and president Florentino Perez at times, but talk of any divides within the camp has been shut down.
In a series of posts on social media, Ramos has said of goings on in Madrid: “As footballers we like to do our talking on the pitch but this season is not turning out that way.
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%.
“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: @realmadrid.”