Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez has refused to be drawn into speculation linking defender Sergio Ramos to Manchester United and revealed he will discuss with his players soon and “decide what’s best for them”.
With United preparing a £22 million offer plus goalkeeper David de Gea to lure 29-year-old Spain international Sergio Ramos to Old Trafford, Benitez has played a straight bat on the speculation and revealed he will decide the futures of several of his players after reviewing the season with them.
He told the club’s official website: “The fans are wondering whether we’re going to see changes to the positions of certain players.
“My backroom team and I have been following the players and have been in contact with them from the first moment.
“So, firstly I have to say that the attitude to their work that they’ve all shown me, Sergio, Iker (Casillas), Cristiano (Ronaldo), (Gareth) Bale, Pepe, (Raphael) Varane, everyone, has been excellent.
“The first thing I’ve done is listen, find out what went well and not so well last year, their impressions, what in their opinion could be improved and what they’d like to be done.
“I’ve done the same with all the technical staff and professionals at the club and, with all that information, once all together we’ll decide what’s best for the team and for every one of them.
“They’ve all shown a very good attitude to their work and I’ve conveyed to them that the technical staff will be there for them for anything they need.”
Benitez was equally coy about the team’s shape next season, and when asked about new signings he said: “Of course there will be.”
He added: “In terms of who’ll play and where, as I said, we have to get together, train together, and then we’ll decide.
“Contrary to what is being said, Iker, Sergio, Cristiano, Isco, Bale, none of them are “demanding” to play here or there, among other reasons because we haven’t yet decided the most appropriate system with which to try to get the most out of each player.
“They have to feel at ease on the pitch to give us the best they can.”