Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez has debunked talks that there is a rift between him and Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Spanish press has gotten hold of video footage of Ronaldo responding angrily to Benitez after having his goal disallowed on the training ground.
Benitez spoke at a press conference, but sidestepped the issue and chose to praise the Portuguese captain.
“I have had the opportunity this week to spend quite a few days with him,” he said.
“I can say that he is competitive, he likes to win and for that reason he is the best in the world, I would like all my players to have that desire to win and compete.
“You’ve all seen him train today and I think his performance will be up to scratch. I talk to all the players a lot. I have had the opportunity to talk to him too. We talked about football and yes, he is competitive.”
“Seeing Ronaldo up close training, I can see that’s he doing very well.”