Sergio Canales has apologised to Racing Santander fans after being snapped in a Real Madrid shirt. The 19-year-old has been a key figure in the Cantabrian outfit's battle to beat the drop, with his appearance in a Real shirt causing outrage amongst the club's supporters.

Canales was speaking to daily sports paper Marca when he was pictured wearing the famous white jersey for an in-depth interview.

The Spaniard - who courted interest from La Liga giants Barcelona before Real captured his £4m signature - has since apologised for the incident, which he admitted was a "mistake".

He said: "I understand why the fans are unhappy and why they are angry and I apologise for that. I want to make it clear I am here to help Racing.

"I did it and it is done and I have to face up to that. I know I cannot hide. I recognise that I made a mistake and I will learn from it.

"Now I am completely focused on Racing. We are a team and the team does not depend on one person."