|Xabi Alonso and Arbeloa at the Adidas event|
Both wanted to close the matter and explained how Cristiano was received in Wednesday's training session: "I did not see him very sad, I imagine it will be something personal, but we are close to him to help" said Arbeloa, who also commented: "I do not know where it came that there was a meeting. When we saw Cristiano we asked him how he was, he said well and all together had a good training. I think it was a temporary situation that has ended".
And Xabi Alonso said: "It is too exaggerated throughout the media issue. I understand that you have to sell a story, but the journalistic time is different to the football time. I see it as usual. When we were in training we asked for our fitness, by how we had played with our respective national teams. The subject was brought up with absolute naturalness and we started to think about Saturday's match".
About the reception that the Real Madrid fans could give Cristiano Bernabeu on Tuesday in the Champions League match against City, both believe that the Portuguese will have all the support: "The Bernabeu crowd likes to have a lethal and decisive player like Cristiano who has the goal in his boots" said Alonso, while Arbeloa commented: "Cristiano is an elite player, a reference in the field and people will applaud him more than before".
Furthermore, both Alonso and Arbeloa think that the Portuguese forward deserves the Golden Ball. “I'd be really pleased if it went to him, or if another teammate won it”, explained the Whites' number 14. “I think that Cristiano deserves it. He's scored a lot of goals and won titles”, added Arbeloa.