Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos wants Barcelona to remain in La Liga
Posted: 5 November 2017 Time: 12:15
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos hopes bitter rivals Barcelona remain in La Liga amid Catalonia’s fight for independence.
As the region continues to push for autonomy, claims of Barca departing the Spanish top flight in favour of a move to one of Europe’s other big-name leagues have surfaced.
Ramos, though, said he would rue Barcelona’s move away from the Primera Division and, having been in Catalonia for this past weekend’s shock loss to Girona, sees no reason for the club to depart their home league.
The Spain international told Marca: "It's complicated. I find it hard to believe that the majority want independence and I prefer that Barcelona play in our league.
"On Sunday [against Girona], I felt just as much Spanish as anywhere else.
“I am more concerned as a Spaniard that our anthem has no lyrics than about the situation in Catalonia. I want our hymn to have lyrics because I feel the healthy envy of seeing other national teams looking up while singing their anthems.
"What I can say or do about it will not change anything. The image of Spain as a country worldwide hurts me as I am Spanish. I do not like this kind of thing to happen, I believe that together we are stronger."