Ahead of Saturday’s Clasico in Miami, Sergio Ramos will be keen to play his first preseason minutes against the Real Madrid’s arch rivals.
Ramos is poised to kick-off another campaign as captain of Los Blancos, especially after a hugely successful season last time out.
“Every year is different, when you win everything it’s much better,” he said.
This upcoming season presents as a new challenge for the 31-year-old, but the defender still remains in good shape for the highest level.
“You have to keep that ambition intact but when you are happy the body asks you every year,” said the former Sevilla man.
“I’m happy in this sport and I will try give my best level for as long as possible.”
Madridistas in South Florida will be excited for the club’s next friendly match, although a fixture with Barcelona is never a friendly.
“It’s not as demanding as in the season, but knowing that you have games like this, you put a lot of emphasis on it,” the captain affirmed.
“It’s going be like this all season, It’s always good to face the best.”
Another talking point circulating is the proposed arrival of Kylian Mbappe from AS Monaco yet Ramos believes it’s not worth speaking about players who are yet to sign.
“Talking about players who do not belong to our club is a waste of time,” said the Spain international.
“He is a great player, but we have been doing things very well and the squad is very good.
“Any player who has come here has been welcomed. Making speculations with this is wasting time.”
The Frenchman at 18-years-old has the world at his feet, and so the centre-back projected some insight and advice for other young hopefuls wishing to make that huge step.
“Sport and training are the two fundamental things,” he said.
“It should be humble and with work and consistency, then these dreams are almost always achieved.”
Ramos has also been on some adventures of his own this summer, with a trip to South America to support those in need.
“This year I went to Peru because it is a country that has suffered a lot,” explained the Galactico.
“We have to be supportive and Peru needed perhaps more help than other countries and I wanted to be there to know everything better.”
As for continuing strong in the offseason, after an expected 4-1 loss to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in Los Angeles, the Los Blancos will be keen to move on.
“We do not like to lose even in a friendly.” He said.
“We have to give it the importance of the last defeat because we are working to recover the physical tone, but tomorrow if we get a good result it will be better.”