Ramos denies deciding on Zidane’s return to Real Madrid

VALENCIA, SPAIN - MARCH 23: Sergio Ramos of Spain looks on before the 2020 UEFA European Championships group F qualifying match between Spain and Norway at Estadio de Mestalla on March 23, 2019 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos refuted claims he was behind Zinedine Zidane’s return to Real Madrid.

In light of Real’s terrible campaign under Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, president Florentino Perez asked Zidane to return this month. Despite the fact, he had only resigned last May upon winning a third consecutive Champions League.

Prior to Zidane’s comeback, Jose Mourinho had been heavily linked with the managerial vacancy at the Santiago Bernabeu. But former Real president Ramon Calderon declared that “dressing room leaders” ruined the Portuguese’s chances.

This led to speculation in Spain that Ramos was the main culprit due to his preference of Zidane coming back instead.

But the 32-year-old denies playing such a role in Real’s decision.

“Changes can bring about positive situations, we’ve had wonderful moments with Zizou and it’s a joy to have him home,” said Ramos, according to Goal.

“His return has been good news for all the players, it wasn’t a decision I made, even if people think I do.

“I’m the captain and give my opinion if I’m asked; I’ve never taken command, nor have I ever wanted to.”

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The centre-back played the full 90 minutes on Tuesday night and was whistled at by the home fans during Spain’s 2-0 win at Malta.

Alvaro Morata’s brace ensured La Roja made it two wins out of two games without manager Luis Enrique.

“Despite the coach being absent, we were very well prepared,” said Ramos.

“It’s been a difficult situation and the group has felt for the coach having a personal problem.

“We dedicate this victory to him and his family, we’ve done what we had to do, in this team we’re all a family and everyone feels each other’s personal problems.”

Ramos is now just three games shy of matching former Real team-mate Iker Casillas’ all-time record of 167 caps for Spain.

“Iker is a living legend and I hope I can overtake his record,” he said on Casillas.

“It won’t all be negatives, there is some joy in football.”

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 24: Captain goalkeeper Iker Casillas of Real Madrid CF holds the UEFA Champions League cup celebrating with his teammate Sergio Ramos their victory on the UEFA Champions League Final match against Club Atletico de Madrid at Cibeles font on the early morning of May, 24, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. Real Madrid CF achieves their 10th European Cup at Lisbon 12 years later. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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