Sergio Ramos accuses Sevilla team-mate of lack of commitment

Those at Sevilla are said to be unhappy with midfielder Joan Jordán’s attitude, and Sergio Ramos has not held back in his criticism, although he didn’t explicitly name the player. It is no secret that Sevilla are going through a torrid injury crisis, and the Andalusian team went to Lens low on numbers, with many of them not fully fit themselves.

Ramos, with his experience and mentality, is one of the indisputable leaders in the dressing room, and the defender has never been shy of expressing himself. After Sevilla’s 2-1 loss away at Lens, which left them last in their Champions League group, the 37-year-old did not hold back in his post-match interview, subtly accusing one of his teammates of a lack of effort. In his interview, Ramos praised those who made the trip, “coming here with 15 players, eight of them being youth products and playing like we did is not easy. Those of us who came can feel proud. We have a clear conscience, knowing we gave it all on the pitch.” While he did not give a name, there is a player whom Sevilla are said to be very unhappy with. That person, according to Marca, is midfielder Joan Jordán.

Many who went to Lens were themselves suffering. Ramos has only just returned from an injury, and Ibrahima Sow has it even worse. Every time the midfielder plays, he has intense pain in his Achilles tendon. Yet, he still made the trip and performed for his side. He knows the team needs him, and he stepped up. However, the same cannot be said for Jordán. While he is himself slightly suffering, it is only a bruised calf, far less serious than what others are suffering.

The 29-year-old’s situation is a strange one. Last year, he frequently played and even appeared despite suffering from an injury. So what’s changed? The cause of the midfielder’s disillusion with the club is thought to stem from a disagreement between himself and former manager José Luis Mendilibar. From that moment on, the player’s role in the squad has been minimal. Sevilla would like to get rid of the midfielder in January, but that may be difficult, given he still has three and a half years left on his contract.

What Ramos has made clear is that they want no journeymen in the squad. At a time when the team is fighting for every point, only 100% commitment will do.

GSFN | Finn Entwistle

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