Ramos Ready For Manchester United
Had things worked out differently, following interest in the past, Sergio Ramos could have been turned out for Manchester United instead of captaining Real Madrid against them in the European Super Cup this evening.
That didn't happen and he'll lead Real as we aim to retain the trophy in Macedonia at the Philip II National Arena.
Much like Marcelo, Ramos has spoken of the privilege it is for him to wear the captains armband with Man United a challenge he's up for as Los Blancos look to kick off the campaign lifting more silverware.
'Wearing the captain's armband in a match like this, as always, is a tremendous honour. Captaining this team every time I go out on to the field, regardless of the match, is a privilege. We have a date with history and the chance to add another title to the honours list and dedicate it to the fans. We're really looking forward to the game, Ramos was quoted by realmadrid.com. 'Two great teams are coming up against each other. They have a very complete squad with great players and we'll look to put in our best performance to try to take the trophy home.'
Man United are known well, which Ramos went on to say should act as 'an advantage' is some way, then again United will feel the same.
Gareth Bale has again been mentioned in connection with a return to the Premier League, as has Cristiano Ronaldo, who returned to training a few days ago and is of course in this squad, but Ramos is confident both will remain due to the quality they posses, which is important to Real.
'He's a Real Madrid player today and we're delighted to have him. Each individual decides his own future, no one else can have an opinion. In August anything can happen but we're calm because he's in our team and he's a great player and we like to have the best,' said the captain.
Adding: 'Cristiano is a very important player for our team and, regardless of the number of days that he's trained, it's important that he travels with the team. He has a different role than any other player and his presence is always good whether he plays or not, that will be a technical decisions.'
Ramos looked back at the Jose Mourinho era at Real, saying he hadn't changed his career but influenced it as he's one of many coaches from a footballing career, from academy days at Sevilla through to Zinedine Zidane now.
However, he 'learned good things' from Mourinho and was 'grateful' to him from the Portuguese's time at the club.
As mentioned already had things worked out differently Ramos would have left for the Premier League, probably Man United. He was flattered by United interest in the past but was happy a move didn't come about and he could stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.
He said: 'In the past there was the possibility of signing for Manchester United, but finally my situation was sorted and I was happy to sign my last contract with Real Madrid. I'm grateful for the interest of Manchester United, a club that I consider to be noble, but when we come up against them, we will give everything to beat them.'