Paris Saint-Germain star Sergio Ramos has seemingly sent a warning to his former club Real Madrid about teammate Lionel Messi ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie.
The French giants were set to face Manchester United after the initial draw on Monday afternoon, but once a "material error" was identified, a redraw took place and the Ligue 1 giants were drawn with Los Blancos instead.
Both Ramos and Messi have history with the LaLiga giants, with the pair, who previously captained Real and FC Barcelona respectively, having often clashed during their lengthy careers in Spain.
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However, with the duo now playing for the same team in France, the 35-year-old centre-back has high hopes for his and the Argentine's UCL objectives with PSG, no matter which teams stand in their way.
"We are trying to help PSG win [the Champions League]," Ramos said during a press conference for the opening of his new gym, per PSG Talk.
"The objective is the Champions League, and both Messi and I will be able to contribute something.
"Now we share a dressing room, and we have a very good relationship. The relationship is one of admiration and respect on both sides."
The Spanish veteran was also quizzed about his thoughts on the prospect of facing his former team, and hit back at those who think he will not give his all in the two-legged, knockout tie.
"When I arrived on the plane it was [Manchester] United [who PSG got in the initial draw], who are a team that I liked and then it turns out that it wasn't valid," Ramos told the press, per Marca.
"I would have preferred not to have that duel [against Real Madrid], but returning to the Santiago Bernabeu is cause for joy. I wasn't able to bid farewell because of COVID-19.
"Fate is capricious. I would have liked another team to face us [PSG]. You know the affection and love I have for Real Madrid.
"Now it's my turn to defend PSG and I'll do everything possible to [help them] go through.
"They are the team that took a gamble on me. I'm going to fight to the death for PSG."
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