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Ramos: No Real truth in bust-up with Mourinho

REAL Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has quashed rumours of a conflict with Jose Mourinho by hailing the Portuguese manager as the ideal candidate for the job.

In the last 24 hours, Mourinho’s position has been called into question, with Spanish media claiming he was involved in a training ground bust-up with Ramos and club captain Iker Casillas after the side’s 2-1 Copa del Rey defeat to Barcelona last week.

Further to this, Spanish journalist Siro Lopez announced that Mourinho had decided to leave the club at the end of the season, citing the media’s relentless vilification of him as the primary reason.

But with the second leg of the Barcelona tie at the Nou Camp tonight, it seems Ramos and Casillas have been encouraged to present a united front.

“As second team captain, I can assure you the team is more united than ever and that this group of players is strong,” Ramos is quoted as saying on the club’s website (pictured) said.

“That’s what will bring us success. This is a young and excited squad, but there’s always room for improvement.

“Our relationship with the coach has always been good. Mourinho is the ideal coach for this club and we’re happy to learn from him.

He is very experienced; hHe’s won it all and is really bringing out the best in us\[Tom Lovejoy\] so that each of us plays his best.” Echoing his sentiments, Casillas said: “\[Tom Lovejoy\]I haven’t seen such a great atmosphere on the team for a long time. The atmosphere on the team is pleasant and excellent. Spirits are high.”