Sergio Ramos has urged Spain team-mate David de Gea to remain professional in the aftermath of the bizarre breakdown of his proposed move from Manchester United to Real Madrid.
But the relevant paperwork were not completed in time and the two clubs issued statements on Tuesday pointing accusing fingers at each other for the collapse of a transfer that had been mooted for months.
Ramos, who was a target for United until he signed a new long-term contract in August, was coy when quizzed on the situation but thinks that a pragmatic approach is now required from everyone involved.
“I haven’t spoken to [De Gea] – sincerely, we haven’t spoken – and I don’t know what opinion he will have but well, life is like that,” the defender told reporters while on international duty with Spain.
“Sometimes, in some moments, it’s our turn to experience it and deal with it in the best way possible. Everyone has to take responsibility for his reality and show his best level where he is.”
Ramos added: “I’ve had the day off and the truth is I’ve been a little disconnected.
“I can’t tell you anything. To talk about a footballer who isn’t a Real Madrid player would be a lack of respect to any of my team-mates and, in that sense, we have two great goalkeepers and it doesn’t depend on any Real Madrid player.”