Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has insisted that he does not have a problem with head coach Jose Mourinho, and only wore teammate Mesut Ozil's jersey under his own in the 5-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna at the weekend in an attempt to support the Germany international.
Ramos wore Ozil's No.10 under his own jersey with the intention to reveal the midfielder's shirt if he'd score, and his action was interpreted by some as yet another act of rebellion toward the Madrid trainer following his alleged fall-out with the Portuguese.
Nevertheless, Ramos has made it clear that his action was all about supporting Ozil rather than provoking Mourinho.
"I would like to clarify a few things before more lies are invented. Mesut is a great friend and I promised him long ago that my first goal of the season would be for him," the defender stated on Twitter. "I wore his shirt last match, because I had a feeling I would score. That's all there's to it."
He added, "My relationship with Mourinho is good. I fully respect his decisions. He's the best coach."
Ozil has been struggling to find his best form in the opening weeks of the 2012-13 campaign, and Mourinho warned last week that there is a lot of competition in midfield and that every player has to show he deserves his spot.
Mourinho seemingly felt Ozil failed to do just that versus Deportivo, though, as he replaced the former Werder Bremen man with Kaka after 45 minutes of play.
Madrid extended its lead from 3-1 to 5-1 after Ozil's substitution, but Ramos was unable to add his name to the scoresheet, and was thus forced to keep Ozil's shirt hidden under his own.