Melbourne — Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez says defender
Sergio Ramos will "100 percent" stay with the Spanish club and not
make a move to Manchester United.
Spanish media have linked the 29-year-old Spaniard with a
possible shift to the English Premier League team.
But Benitez all but ruled that out Thursday at a media
conference ahead of his side's final match of the International Champions Cup
friendly tournament against Manchester City at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on
Ramos, a World Cup winner with Spain in 2010, is Real
Madrid's longest-serving player and has been handed the captaincy following the
departure of long-serving goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
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"Yes, for me, 100 percent (he is staying),"
Benitez said. "Ramos is our player, he's a key player for us, he's the
captain ... he will be crucial for us during the season. I insist that it is
clear for both me and the club that Sergio will be here."
Madrid midfielder Luka Modric wanted Ramos to stay with the
ten-time European champions.
"I hope that he stays," the Croatian player said.
"He's a very important part of the team. He's our captain and our leader,
both on and off the pitch."
Benitez also denied suggestions from travelling Spanish
journalists that his star forward Cristiano Ronaldo was unhappy — "angry
and tense" in some of the media's words.
"I have had the opportunity this week to spend quite a
few days with him," Benitez said. "I can say that he is competitive,
he likes to win and for that reason he is the best in the world, I would like
all my players to have that desire to win and compete.
"His performance will be up to scratch ... seeing
Ronaldo up close training, I can see that's he doing very well."
More than 90,000 people are expected to attend Friday
night's match at the MCG.For
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