Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez has vehemently denied reports of a rift between star forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
The Spaniard hit out at the “invented” scandals he alleged are a plot to destabilise Real.
“There are scandals that are invented, all the time. I’m surprised by the quantity of things that come out of Real Madrid that aren’t true,” fumed Benitez at the pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s Bernabeu clash with Levante.
“There are people who think this is the type of fashionable journalism at the moment and that they have to keep doing it to sell (papers). There’s a lot of media, web pages, blogs, newspapers, radio… They have to keep blowing up scandals because it’s easier to sell that way.
“There are people, I don’t know why, who have no interest in things going well for Real Madrid, and who want to destabilise us a little bit.”
Benitez denied rumours of a rift between Ronaldo and Bale, saying: “The atmosphere in the camp is very good, the players get on well.”
Though unbeaten so far in the current campaign, Real are currently second on the La Liga standings, a point behind surprise early pace-setters Villarreal and above Celta Vigo and Barcelona on goal difference.
Next week, Real play a crunch UEFA Champions League tie against their main group rivals Paris Saint-Germain.