Sergio Ramos: I get on ‘quite well’ with Gerard Pique
Sergio Ramos insists he gets on “quite well” with Spain team-mate Gerard Pique, but concedes players talking about politics can hurt the national team.
Pique was reduced to tears after the controversial Catalan independence referendum, which saw Spanish police use force to disrupt the vote.
The proud Catalan was whistled by Spain supporters during the international break, while a training session had to be cancelled after 23 minutes after he received a hostile reception.
"It hurts the national team," Ramos told Onda Cero when asked about players’ political views.
"I like to enjoy the scenery, the environment... the only thing I always say as captain of the national team is that we must be aware of our every move.
"Pique's behaviour has always been exemplary despite what others may think."
Ramos and Pique have had a strained relationship over the years, with reports of a feud often surfacing before Ramos’ Real Madrid play Pique’s Barcelona
"If you compare it with the old relationship we had, I tell you that today we get along quite well. Before there was almost no relationship," he said.
"We respected each other because we played together and we knew that together we were one of the best centre-back pairings in the world.
"When you are growing and maturing you leave aside things that you previously gave importance to and do not have now. That has made the relationship better."
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