Spain defender Gerard Pique has laughed off rumors that he is not on speaking terms with Real Madrid stopper Sergio Ramos.
Several reports ahead of Euro 2012 suggested that the relationship between the duo had turned sour following the heated encounters between Barcelona and Madrid since Jose Mourinho arrived in the Spanish capital, but Pique believes they would not be able to form a solid defensive partnership if they had problems.
"It's true that we miss [the injured Carles] Puyol, but Sergio is a player with a great deal of quality. With every game we are improving as a partnership," Pique told reporters. "There has been a lot of talk about problems that don't exist.
"We have a great relationship on the pitch. If we did not get on with each other, we would not be able to operate in the way we're doing."
Spain has conceded only one goal thus far in the tournament. Pique and Sergio Ramos will have to be on their guard on Wednesday when La Roja take on Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Euro 2012 semifinal.
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