Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has rejected the notion that his side put together a video of Real Madrid defender Pepe’s bad challenges against them.
The Portuguese star has become infamous amongst Camp Nou fans due to a number of robust challenges during clashes between the two sides.
However, Iniesta has denied any knowledge of a tape cataloguing the player’s fouls against his team.
“I want to be clear, we’ve never seen a video on a specific player [made by the club], not of Pepe or any other colleague,” the 28-year-old told reporters.
“The most recent Clasicos are what Clasicos should always be like.”
This echoed recent comments from Barca’s Director of Institutional Relations, Pere Gratacos, who was quoted by Europa Press as saying: “relationships are very good [with Madrid,] without any problem.”
Iniesta also spoke of his connections to Catalunya, after causing controversy in mid-week by claiming that he felt like a local, despite growing up in Albacete.
“It’s logical that I feel Catalan, if you don’t want to understand, you simply won’t. I’ve been living here for 16 years,” said the Spain international.
The Euro 2012 player of the tournament also talked about the Blaugrana’s upcoming Copa del Rey clash with Alaves, as well as his willingness to fill in wherever necessary in the side.
He added: “We have to [be] wary of Alaves. In theory we are the superior side, but we still have to play.
“It’s no secret that my favourite position is in the midfield, but I’m at the team’s service.”