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The Real Madrid defender says he is focusing on his own game and has warned his team-mates that they have no margin for error after the Christmas break

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos says that listening to critics of his style of play would be a waste of time.

The 27-year-old's disciplinary record has been in the spotlight of late, having picked up the 18th red card of his career in the 2-2 draw with Osasuna.

However, he insists that he never paid heed to those who criticise his style of play, insisting that he is focusing on giving his all for Carlo Ancelotti's side.

"Here we all win and lose together. We need to maintain that mentality," he is quoted as saying by AS.

"If I start caring about what people say about me [I'll be wasting my time]. It all goes in one ear and out the other. I always give everything and I'm going to stay at Real Madrid for many more years."

Following Sunday's 3-2 win over Valencia at Mestalla, los Blancos are five points off joint Liga leaders Atletico Madrid and Barcelona and Ramos feels there is no margin for error.

"We've dropped points along the way but this is a very exciting title race. Barcelona and Atletico don't allow us any margin for error and that forces us to be at our best in every game."

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