Sergio Ramos says he feels more comfortable with the responsibility of being one of Real Madrid’s more senior players.
The defender joined Real from Sevilla in 2005 and, at 26, has made well over 300 official appearances for the club.
“I feel like a veteran because of the time I’ve been at the club. The level of responsibility is getting bigger,” he told Real’s official website.
The Spain international discussed his club’s upcoming Copa del Rey semi-final against Barcelona, and voiced his frustration with the fact he will miss Wednesday’s first leg due to suspension.
“There are a lot of things that I don’t understand and I’m not going to talk about them. I need to keep quiet and do my talking on the pitch. It’s a shame I can’t play in this match,” he said.
“We must remain calm because it’s two matches and a great team. The two matches will see some beautiful football.”
Ramos was handed a five-match ban for insulting the referee in Real’s Copa del Rey win over Celta de Vigo earlier this month.