Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is usually looking forward to coming face-to-face with Gerard Pique on the pitch when El Clasico rolls around, but this time he has a different reason for wanting to see him.
With the La Liga title race really starting to heat up, the pair have exchanged some views publicly through the media, which have mostly concerned refereeing decisions.
From the outside looking in, it would appear as though the two men don't get along, and Ramos is claiming that there is something he wants to do when he sees the Barcelona man this week.
The pair are set to link up with the Spanish national team for their World Cup qualifier against Israel and friendly with France.
However, Ramos isn't annoyed with Pique, in fact, when he sees him, he wants to give him a big hug.
Awww, how sweet.
There certainly has to be a friendship behind all the hullabaloo of a domestic season, the pair won a World Cup together in the heart of Spain's defence in 2010, and the comments that fly back and forth only come with the pressure of a title race.
And while Ramos recognises that the nature of the Clasico divide will always keep them at odds with each other from August to May, he is hoping to put the recent nonsense between the two behind him this week.
"It's the way it is between Real Madrid and Barcelona and that will not change," he told a news conference on Monday, he said to AS (via Goal).
"Now, I will give him a hug. We have become accustomed to throwing stones, but we take it without malice and it is always healthy.
"That serves as something for you to sell. The key is the unity in the team, and that cannot be lost."
Ramos' Real are currently leading the table by two points, with the 30-year-old having hit an impressive 10 goals to propel them to the top.
And he went on to address his unexpected goal tally by insisting that he doesn't give too much thought about being lethal in front of the opposition's goal.
"I didn't expect to score as many goals. It is the best record of my career as a goalscorer, but I don't think too much about it," he added.
"As a defender, I am thinking more about conceding as little as possible. If I can score in important matches late on, even better."
Earlier this week it emerged that Lionel Messi won't be inviting Pique to his wedding, so we imagine Ramos will give him an extra hug for that, seeing as he won't be on the guest list either.
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