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The defender has asked for the Blancos team to to put their egos aside, work together and unite ahead of their cup finale this month

Sergio Ramos has asked for his fellow Real Madrid team-mates to "stop squabbling" once again ahead of their Copa del Rey final against Atletico Madrid.

Many Blancos players have had their say over Iker Casillas continually being benched, Pepe backing the club captain and Jose Mourinho's subsequent backlash against both his charges in the past week.

However, the Spain defender is fed up of all the verbal sparring in the media between the players and has called for everybody to put their egos aside and sort out their differences once the current campaign is over.

"Maybe it's time to put an end to the controversies, to put a stop to the squabbling over Iker, Pepe and Mourinho," he told reporters at the Madrid Open, where he watched Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal beat Mikhail Youzhny 6-2 6-3 in the third round.

"What we need to do is look for unity within the team. It's time to stop thinking about our own egos and think about the final. After the final of the Copa [is the time for people] to sort everything out."

The Copa del Rey final will kick-off at 21:30CET on May 17 at the Bernabeu and will be the first time that the Madrid rivals have met in the showpiece match since 1992, when Atleti were victorious.

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