Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has claimed he would have lost his job if it wasn’t for Sergio Ramos.
Ancelotti is preparing Los Blancos to face the Sevilla defender in LaLiga on Saturday.
Ramos was a key member of the Madrid squad during the Italian’s first spell between 2013 and 2015.
The defender scored the 93rd-minute equaliser in their 2014 Champions League final win over Atletico Madrid.
Ancelotti said in a news conference on Friday: “I’d love to see [Ramos] and say hello. I have affection for all the players I’ve had, but above all, I have special affection for him.
“If I’m here today, it’s because of Sergio Ramos. If he hadn’t scored the goal in the [Champions League] final, I probably wouldn’t be here. For that, and for everything he did for this club, everybody has a lot of affection for him. He’ll play well, for sure. Let’s hope he doesn’t score, but if he does, he can [celebrate] however he wants!”