Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos insists there have never been any hard feelings between himself and Gerard Pique even though the pair are opponents and enemies at club level for much of the year,
Both men are symbols of their respective clubs and as such, tensions can rise at times between them during the course of the season.
But when they team up for Spain duty, as they will this week against Israel in a World Cup qualifiers on Friday March 24, and France in an international friendly on Tuesday March 28, Ramos claimed that there is no animosity between the duo.
"Pique and I like to throw some stones at each other but now when I see him I will give him a big hug.
"That is just the nature of the morbidity that exists in the relationship between Real Madrid and Barcelona." Ramos said on Marca
upon his arrival at Las Rozas for international duty.
Although the 30-year-old has now reached double figures in goals for the season, Ramos did lacked explanation as to why he has been so prolific in the opposing penalty area.
"I certainly didn't expect to score so many goals," he added. "My priority is always to defend first and foremost because I'm a defender."