'Ramos is no doctor' – Mourinho hits back in Costa & Fabregas feud

The Chelsea boss insists both players were assessed by the Spanish team doctor before they withdrew from the Spain squad prior to Saturday’s game with West Brom

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hit back at Sergio Ramos and Vicente del Bosque over the injuries which kept Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas out of the Spain squad.

Both Costa and Fabregas were ultimately declared unable to play during the international break but were decisive for the Blues in the 2-0 win over West Brom on Saturday.

Real Madrid defender Ramos was quoted as saying certain players should show greater commitment to the international cause last week, though he later insisted he was not talking about the Chelsea duo.

And Mourinho has defended their decisions to withdraw, stating that the Spain team doctor was always part of the consultation process and suggesting Ramos has little place to comment.

“Since I’ve known Sergio Ramos he has been a fantastic football player, but he is not a doctor. He is not a doctor and I am the same. I do my job the best I can but I am not a doctor,” he is quoted as saying by the Mirror.

“My doctor and the doctor of the Spanish national team, they had the scans and they decided that the player was not in the condition to play.

“I am nobody to go against it and I don’t think Sergio did a medicine Masters in the last couple of years to understand about it.

“[Vincent] Kompany didn’t play for Belgium against Wales and he played today [Saturday]. Has he a compromise with his national team? I think he has. He is the captain of Belgium.

“Did he, how do you say, ‘cheat’ by not playing against Wales to play today? I don’t think he did. So we all accept that he was injured.”

Mourinho took another swipe at Del Bosque in what is becoming a persistent feud over the fitness of Costa and his role in the Spain side.

“I trust my doctor 100 per cent. If Del Bosque doesn’t trust his doctor that is his problem, not my problem. I speak with my doctor and I believe in what my doctor tells me. Nothing else. No problem,” he said.

“Fabregas was in a doubtful situation, Diego no. Diego recovered totally from his problem with these two weeks that he had to rest and to improve his injury.

“Fabregas is different. Fabregas survived. Diego no, Diego now is in great condition.”

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Dortmund stopped me joining Real Madrid – Gundogan

The midfielder is determined to recapture his top form following his injury nightmare and has his eyes set on a move to a major club in England or Spain

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has revealed the club once turned down a transfer bid from Real Madrid.

The Germany international became one of the hottest properties in Europe in the 2012-13 season thanks to his performances both in the Bundesliga and Dortmund’s run to the Champions League final.

A back injury has since blighted his career, with Gundogan forced to miss most of the last 18 months of football, including Germany’s successful campaign at the World Cup this summer.

However, the 24-year-old is determined to recapture the form that led Madrid to make a move for his services and says his heart is set on joining a major club in England or Spain in future.

“Real Madrid made a bid but my club didn’t want to accept it. I was under contract for two more years,” he told TRT.

“My injury broke my plans. I didn’t play for 14 months. Now I want to make up for this time with success. One day, I’ll leave here, I want to play for one of the big teams in Spain or England.”

Gundogan is also desperate to enjoy success at Euro 2016 after missing out on Brazil this summer and says he still hopes to get his hands on the World Cup trophy.

“I was not supposed to be injured for the World Cup. I would have been in the first XI,” he said.

“We were very good and it went to plan. I’m sad I didn’t realise my dream but I have Euro 2016 in front of me. I want to add a World Cup in my career.”

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Marcelo: People are jealous of Real Madrid star Ronaldo

The Brazil full-back has defended his team-mate from any critics, saying he is one of the most dedicated professionals he has played with

Real Madrid defender Marcelo says people are jealous of team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, who set another La Liga record this weekend.

The Fifa Ballon d’Or winner netted twice in Saturday’s 4-0 win against Eibar to become the first player to score against every team he has played against in Spain’s top flight.

Ronaldo, who moved to the Bernabeu from Manchester United in 2009, has won six trophies with Madrid, including La Liga and the Champions League, and can also count numerous goalscoring records among his personal accolades.

Marcelo told the club’s website: “A lot of people are envious about what he has achieved and about what he can accomplish. Cristiano always works hard, he’s a top professional with a huge desire to learn and help the team.”

Ronaldo set the benchmark on the same day that his Barcelona rival Lionel Messi set a La Liga record tally of 253 goals with a hat-trick in a 5-1 rout of Sevilla.

Meanwhile, Brazil full-back Marcelo also stuck up for team-mate Iker Casillas after former Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso said that Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer was “by far the best” goalkeeper he had played with.

“Everyone has their own opinion. I respect his and I have to respect it,” Marcelo told Marca. “Iker is the best in my view. Then [Madrid goalkeepers] Keylor [Navas] and then [Fernando] Pacheco.

“We know that Xabi Alonso has done a lot for Real Madrid, but this is Real and when a good player leaves, another good player comes in.”

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Madrid won't take foot off gas – James

The Colombia star is determined to keep up the club’s impressive recent run of form after scoring again on Saturday

James Rodriguez has urged his Real Madrid team-mates to “keep playing at the same level” after recording a 14th straight win on Saturday.

The 23-year-old scored the opening goal in the 4-0 win over Eibar – taking his goal tally for the season to eight in all competitions, as Los Blancos stayed two points ahead of Barcelona.

“If we came out strong and got an early goal we were going to come out on top,” Rodriguez said.

Madrid, whose last defeat came against city-rivals Atletico Madrid in September, must travel to  Basel for Wednesday’s Champions League clash and then to Malaga in La Liga on Saturday.

“Four-nil is a really good result and now we have two tough games coming up that we also have to win,” the Colombian international added.

“We have to keep playing to this level, we have good players and we hope we can keep it up.”

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to set a new record of scoring against every La Liga side he has ever faced and Karim Benzema also found the net as Real made light work of Eibar in Ipurua. 

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Isco proved his versatility against Eibar – Ancelotti

The Italian was delighted with the Spain international’s performance in a deeper role in what was Los Blancos’ 14th successive win in all competitions

Carlo Ancelotti was fulsome in his praise of Isco following the Spain international’s performance in Real Madrid’s 4-0 win over Eibar on Saturday evening.

With Luka Modric ruled out until the New Year with a thigh injury, Ancelotti opted to field Isco in a deeper role in Saturday’s encounter alongside Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, and the 22-year-old continued his impressive run of form with an assured display.

Speaking after the match, Ancelotti revealed Sami Khedira had not been fully match fit prior to kick-off and was thus delighted that former Malaga man Isco stepped up to the mark.

“The whole game was good, with great concentration, bravery and hard work from the whole team,” the Italian coach said.

“Khedira has no problems but he is a bit tired. Isco played a very complete game, he showed he can play in that position.”

The victory – which came courtesy of a goal apiece from James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema, and a Cristiano Ronaldo double – was Madrid’s 14th in succession and Ancelotti is hopeful that his troops can prolong their remarkable run.

“Someday we will be beaten but our objective is to continue this great run. They’re doing a fantastic job, but the season is very long and we have to keep going with this attitude,” he added.

“I think Eibar played their game, they’re a team who are very good from a defensive perspective and look for the counter, but Madrid were good in all aspects, with and without the ball.”

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