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The Spanish squad is united and not riven by a split between Real Madrid players and those from Barcelona said Real defender Alvaro Arbeloa on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old - a member of the Spanish squads that won both Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup - denied Barcelona midfield general Xavi Hernandez's assertion last week that there was an underlying bitterness between the two camps.
"No, there is no split," said Arbeloa, who was a key member of the Real side that wrested the La Liga title away from Barcelona last season.
"Relations between all of us here is very good. We know how to differentiate between the relations at club and national level where we all share a common goal: to defend our European title.
"If there are differences of opinion, we are here to make them go away. For the moment, the mood in the camp is good," added the former Liverpool defender, who has been suffering from a trapped nerve in his back.
Xavi, the playmaker behind both Spain's and Barcelona's dominance over the past four years, had said last week that the attitude of the players from both teams was very different.
"We congratulated Real Madrid for winning the title when they have patently failed to do so over the past few years," said the 32-year-old.