World Cup 2010: Ramos Keen To Continue At Full-Back For Real Madrid, Spain

Ramos thinks he is better prepared to operate as a full-back.
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has declared that he has no desire to take over the central defensive position left vacant by the absence of Pepe but says that decision is one for coach Manuel Pellegrini to make.

The versatile defender has stated his preference for operating as a full-back for Los Merengues and he feels that he should continue playing in that position in order to cement his place in the Spain team for next summer's World Cup finals in South Africa.

"I have adapted to the full-back position and my mentality is to continue in that position because there is a World Cup ahead. I want to stay there, because I'm in the right shape physically. If the coach or club decides that's where I play I would love it but what I really want is to play regularly," he told AS.

"I don't know yet, really [if he'll play at centerhalf]. It is a decision for the coach. Saturday's injury to Pepe is very sad because he is a key player at Real Madrid. Hopefully he recovers as soon as possible. Everyone is going to give plenty of encouragement."

Pepe suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament after twisting his knee in Madrid's 3-2 win over Valencia at the Mestalla on Saturday. The injury is set to rule him out of football for six months, leaving his own World Cup aspirations uncertain at best.

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