Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos have joined with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez in denouncing a newspaper report that claimed the pair had threatened to seek transfers away from the club if coach Jose Mourinho was not removed from his post at the end of the season.
Spanish sports daily Marca claimed on its front cover this morning that Madrid club captains Casillas and Ramos had issued the ultimatum to Perez in a lunch meeting on Tuesday.
Perez took the unusual step of responding directly to the speculation, branding the report an "attempt to destabilise the club" in a press conference convened at short notice at the Bernabeu this afternoon.
A short time later a joint statement from Casillas and Ramos was posted on the club's official website, in which the Spain internationals rejected the claims while affirming their support for both the club and Mourinho.
The statement read: "The two captains of Real Madrid want to communicate the following: 1. That the meeting held on ...