Real Madrid fullback Alvaro Arbeloa denies claims of cliques inside the locker room.

Arbeloa insists the reports are simply misinformed rumours.

Arbeloa said: "These reports do not help us, and if I say that the situation is the opposite, the people who make them will not believe me. I get on better with some people in this group than with others, but this happens everywhere. I do not have much to say about this.

"I suspect the people who say it really do not know us and do not know what happens in our dressing room. We are very close to each other and to the coach."