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Real duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos 'fixed' rift

  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos fell out after defeat by Tottenham 
  • Portuguese praised departed team-mates and Ramos questioned timing of it 
  • Real Madrid take on Atletico Madrid on Saturday in crucial La Liga contest 
  • Zinedine Zidane insists his star players have made up after their fallout  

By Richard Martin, Reuters

Published: 11:50 EST, 17 November 2017 | Updated: 12:07 EST, 17 November 2017

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has played down the rift between his captain Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo.

He says the two players had resolved their differences before Saturday's Liga derby at Atletico Madrid.

Spanish newspaper Marca reported on Thursday that tensions between two of Madrid's senior players had risen amid the team's inconsistent run of results.

Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo have settled their differences, says Zinedine Zidane
Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo have settled their differences, says Zinedine Zidane
Ronaldo had drawn the ire of Ramos after praising his former team-mates who have left Real
Ronaldo had drawn the ire of Ramos after praising his former team-mates who have left Real

Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo have settled their differences, says Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane played down concerns that Ronaldo and Ramos are at each other's throats
Zinedine Zidane played down concerns that Ronaldo and Ramos are at each other's throats

Zinedine Zidane played down concerns that Ronaldo and Ramos are at each other's throats

Los Blancos suffered defeats at La Liga minnows Girona followed by Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.

After Madrid were beaten 3-1 by Spurs at Wembley on November 1 Ronaldo put their malaise down to selling the likes of James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata.

Ramos on the other hand rejected the notion, describing the four-time Ballon d'Or winner's words as 'opportunistic'.

The Portuguese striker will look to arrest his poor scoring form in La Liga this Saturday
The Portuguese striker will look to arrest his poor scoring form in La Liga this Saturday

The Portuguese striker will look to arrest his poor scoring form in La Liga this Saturday

'Sergio is very clever, he can say what he wants and so can Cristiano, they've spent so long playing together and have won a lot of things together and it doesn't mean anything if they disagree on something from time to time,' Zidane said.

'These things are sorted out internally and it is already fixed. There's going to be no problem between Sergio and Cristiano. 

'All I can say is I have two players who form part of the history of this club, they know what is at stake on Saturday and they respect each other a lot.'

Ramos disagreed with his team-mate's decision to praise Real players who have left
Ramos disagreed with his team-mate's decision to praise Real players who have left

Ramos disagreed with his team-mate's decision to praise Real players who have left

Real and Atletico have 23 points in third and fourth place in the standings respectively, eight behind leaders Barcelona, and defeat in the derby, the first at Atletico's 68,000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano arena, could torpedo their title hopes.

Zidane can call upon first-choice right back Dani Carvajal for the first time in six weeks, after the Spain international returned to training having recovered from a viral heart condition.

Luka Modric is also fit but Gareth Bale, Mateo Kovacic and keeper Keylor Navas are all out through injury.

Zidane said both players still have respect for each other despite differing opinions 
Zidane said both players still have respect for each other despite differing opinions 

Zidane said both players still have respect for each other despite differing opinions 

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