Real Madrid sports chief Pedja Mijatovic has moved to diffuse controversy over comments made by coach Juande Ramos regarding Arjen Robben.

Before victory at Espanyol, Ramos declared his Real team played "better collectively without Robben", but Mijatovic insisted last night: "It's a meaningless argument.

"Robben is very important and everyone is very happy to see him play. He will make things very positive. Juande responded in a particular way, but we are all very happy with Arjen."