In a statement, Florentino said: "What has been reported is untrue, neither the content nor the quantities of what was discussed. And I want to reiterate that I have a lot of respect for the press and I take, of course, criticisms although they might be objectively unfair or seem so to me. I think that I’ve demonstrated my ability to withstand the repeated insults that attempt to control the path of this club over the years. But I think there are ethical boundaries that must be respected, even by those that don’t share our project.
"There were four people at the meeting. I want to say that no one has called me; no one called the general director, who is here today, nor the captains, and I’ve just spoken with Sergio Ramos who has talked with Iker Casillas. None of us have been called to check the truth of what was said or to get our version of the story, at least, and I think that’s very serious. I even understand that someone might want someone else to leave the club, I don’t care if it’s the coach or the president. But to resort to lies to destabilize the club and the team to make that happen, even when we win and secure our place in the Copa del Rey semifinals, I say publicly that it seems unethical to me. These types of things have happened repeatedly, but they’re not going to happen again.
"Beyond it being in the interests of some, I want to make it very clear that the allegations are simply a lie. During this brief statement I also want to remind the members and fans about our unity, which has made us into the best club in the world. We’re the only ones that decide the future of our club."