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CRISTIANO Ronaldo will put his latest controversy behind him and rescue Real Madrid from their faltering start to Primera Liga season, his teammates have insisted.

   The Portuguese star described himself as being 'sad' after scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Granada without offering further explanation and his words have kept him in the eye of a storm in Spain during the international break.

   Media speculation has focussed on his current contract being the source of  his discontent, but Ronaldo has denied this.

      "I want to underline that all my attention is fully on winning games and all the trophies possible, with no worries about contracts, and to do that I am counting on the crucial support of my teammates and all Madrid fans," he said.

   A number of his colleagues have also been quick to play down any problems his words may have caused within the Madrid camp and defender Alvaro Arbeloa believes the fans will also be supportive when the team take on Sevilla today.

   "All parties involved have put behind them whatever problem there was and I  think the fans will also, in fact I think the crowd will cheer him more than  ever," he said.
 
   Madrid find themselves five points adrift of  leaders Barcelona after only three league games.

   Barcelona go to a Getafe side today that has already beaten Madrid this season. They were also just one of the teams to beat the Catalans last term.

   Getafe midfielder Jaime Gavilan is confident his side can repeat those two results.

   "We want to take something positive from the match. On paper they are  better then us but it's 11 against 11 and each match is different so  anything is possible," he said.

   Barca will have to do without Andres Iniesta and Chilean forward Alexis  Sanchez who have returned from international duty with abductor and thigh  injuries.

   Winger Pedro Rodriguez insists that they will face a difficult task in the  south of Madrid.

   "This weekend will be crucial. Getafe will be a key match for us," he said.

    Today: Malaga v Levante, Valencia v  Celta, Getafe v  Barcelona, Sevilla v Real  Madrid; Tomorrow: Espanyol v Athletic Bilbao, Granada v Deportivo,  Osasuna v Mallorca, Real Sociedad v Zaragoza, Atletico  Madrid v Rayo Vallecano. AFP

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