Fernando Morientes is fearful that Real Madrid would find it hard to replace Sergio Ramos should he leave the club this summer.
Ramos’ relationship with Florentino Perez is thought to be beyond repair and the captain has requested that he is allowed to leave during the transfer window.
“It would be very bad if he left,” Morientes said.
“Players come and go. Cristiano [Ronaldo] left and he, like Ramos, was a great captain.
“He’s special. His exit would complicate things a lot because I don’t think there’s anyone else out there like him.”
One player linked with an Estadio Santiago Bernabeu arrival is Luka Jovic, who Morientes believes isn’t needed if Mariano Diaz stays put.
“If Mariano leaves then they’ll need Jovic, for sure,” he explained.
‘But with Mariano, the position is well covered.”
The big story of the week in Spanish football is to do with match-fixing allegations, which came as a shock to the former forward.
“It’s striking that there are players involved,” he said when asked about former Madrid teammate Raul Bravo’s arrest.
“It shows that in the end you don’t know your teammates 100 percent. You don’t know what happens at every club.”