Real Madrid duo Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos have denied that they and other team-mates demanded transfers unless manager Jose Mourinho was sacked, according to the BBC.
Spanish newspaper Marca reported that goalkeeper Casillas and defender Ramos issued the ultimatum during a meeting with president Florentino Perez.
But the duo have taken the move to reject speculation by issuing a joint statement.
“We want to show our support for the character of our coach Jose Mourinho.”
Meanwhile, Perez branded the reports an attempt to “destabilise the club”.
But Jose Mourinho hasn’t been in Casillas’ good books lately when he made the decision to drop the goalkeeper for successive league games whilst the Portuguese is also reported to have had heated arguments with Ramos.
The full statement by Casillas and Ramos posted on Real Madrid’s website read:
“The two captains of Real Madrid want to communicate the following: That the meeting held on Tuesday with the president and CEO of the club never raised any ultimatum from us regarding the character of our coach.
“As captains of the staff and members of an excellent group of people and professionals, we categorically reject the use of our names and the rest of our squad’s in support of information that is entirely false.
“We want to show our support for the character of our coach, Jose Mourinho, to whom we owe the greatest respect.
“Finally, we wish to convey to the members and fans of Real Madrid our unalterable conviction that only through the unity of everyone at Real Madrid will we overcome all the challenges that we face each season.”
The challenges facing the club that the duo referred to include what has been a disastrous La Liga campaign for the current Spanish Champions. Madrid are currently 3rd in the table and are a huge 15 points adrift of Barcelona.
The hierarchy at Madrid are thought to be losing patience with Mourinho, who has been linked with a move back to European Champions Chelsea, where he spent three years at the club and won two Premier League titles and the FA Cup.
Mourinho is set to return to England in March – but only as the manager of a rival team, for now. Real Madrid take on Manchester United in the Last-16 of the Champions League with the return leg at Old Trafford on 5th March.
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