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Rafael Benitez: No rift at Real Madrid and Sergio Ramos is part of my plans

Rafael Benitez: No rift at Real Madrid and Sergio Ramos is part of my plans

22/06/2015 at 18:29Updated 22/06/2015 at 19:21

Rafael Benitez has promised Real Madrid fans that the club will sign new players during the close season – but admits it will be difficult to improve the quality of the squad.

The new Los Blancos coach has also rubbished media reports on Sunday that claimed there was a rift between him and the club’s leading players insisting that every player is willing to listen and adapt to his fresh plans.

Manchester United have been linked with a move to Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos, but that also appears to have been blown out of the water by the former Liverpool coach Benitez, who has named Ramos as a figure central to his plans.

Some reports suggested world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo wanted to operate in a more central role with Bale demanding to be deploying behind a roaming front three.

In his first interview since succeeding Carlo Ancelotti as coach, Benitez heaped praise on the attitude of Ramos, Iker Casillas, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Pepe and Raphael Varane.

"So, firstly I have to say that the attitude to their work that they've all shown me, Sergio, Iker, Cristiano, Bale, Pepe, Varane, everyone, has been excellent.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos of Real MadridAFP

"I've done the same with all the technical staff and professionals at the club and, with all that information, once all together we'll decide what's best for the team and for every one of them.

"They've all shown a very good attitude to their work and I've conveyed to them that the technical staff will be there for them for anything they need.

"In fact, we're in contact with the injured players to gain all the time we can before training starts. In terms of who'll play and where, as I said, we have to get together, train together, and then we'll decide.

"Contrary to what is being said, Iker, Sergio, Cristiano, Isco, Bale, none of them are "demanding" to play here or there, among other reasons because we haven't yet decided the most appropriate system with which to try to get the most out of each player. They have to feel at ease on the pitch to give us the best they can."

With Madrid bringing in Brazilian Danilo for around £31.5 million Euros and his compatriot Casemiro from Porto – Casemiro returns from a loan spell – Benitez says the work continues to ensure Madrid are in the condition he wants them to be as they prepare for a major assault on Liga and Champions League riches.

Madrid finished second behind Barcelona in Liga and lost a Champions League semi-final to Juventus, outcomes that cost the unfortunate Ancelotti his job by the club's demanding president Florentino Perez a year after he coached them to Champions League success.

Madrid have been linked with moves for the Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and are apparently interested in bring Juventus and France midfielder Paul Pogba to the club.

“Of course. Danilo and Casemiro, for example, are players who are going to be important and the club is working every day to try to raise the level of this team with the odd signing that can help us to tackle the challenges ahead of us, but let me say that improving the current Real Madrid squad is immensely difficult,” said Benitez.

"This team has won everything and has shown the level it has. The fans can rest assured that this squad will possess the level of competitiveness that is demanded of this club."
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