Santiago Solari has hailed Sergio Ramos ahead of the Real Madrid captain making his 600th appearance for the club.
Ramos will reach the landmark in the Champions League on Wednesday if he is selected for the first leg of Madrid's last-16 tie away to Ajax.
The Spain international has led Madrid to three consecutive continental crowns and has hit 11 goals in all competitions this season after inheriting penalty duties from Cristiano Ronaldo.
"Playing 600 games for Real Madrid is not easy," Solari told a news conference when asked about Ramos' achievement.
"This historic Real Madrid has the stamp of his character so we hope he can play many more games for Real Madrid."
No era solo un partido.— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) February 9, 2019
No eran solo tres puntos.
No era solo un rival.
¡El derbi para el @realmadrid!
...y otro más a la cazuela
It wasn't just a game.
It wasn't just three points.
It wasn't just a rival.#RealMadrid derby!
...and another one for the team #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/S3tsCEmtoz
Ramos' deputy Marcelo has been linked with a move to Juventus after losing his place to 22-year-old left-back Sergio Reguilon.
Marcelo has told Esporte Interativo he will leave if Madrid do not want him, but Solari denied being dissatisfied with the Brazil international.
"Marcelo is great - he's our vice-captain and an emblem of the club," Solari added.
"He has always put the club first and he is training well, like all the other players. Like I said, he's great and we all like him. He works hard in every training session."
Madrid are unbeaten in seven games in all competitions while Ajax are stumbling, losing two of their past three games including a 6-2 Eredivisie thrashing at Feyenoord.
"That's what this profession is like, in football you have one game and another. Then when you lose it's terrible, when you win it's fine," Solari continued.
"Day to day, on the inside, we want to compete - and on the next day too. Tomorrow is very important for this competition and this is where we focus. Other things, we don't pay a lot of attention to it as managers and players and it's right to be like this.
"I don't think it's a bad period for them, I don't agree. I think they are having a good season. I've seen a lot of games and they play well, construct the play well and they have great players. This is football. There is always an opponent and you have to respect them all, just like the teams Ajax have played.
"I hope we play a game with a serious performance as we did three days ago, that's my maximum hope. Football is day to day work. All we have to live for is the game tomorrow."
|Patriots´ Devin McCourty reacts to Robert Kraft´s solicitation charges: ´Let it play out´|
|West Brom 0 Sheffield United 1: Dowell sends Blades back to second|
|Gatland happy for ´special´ Wales to stay under the radar|
|Eddie Jones rues England´s ill-discipline|
|Leicester City 1 Crystal Palace 4: Eagles mark Hodgson milestone with convincing win|
|Mbappe should have scored four or five - Tuchel|
|Sharks down Blues, Stormers clinch it at the last|
|Tsitsipas sets up Kukushkin decider in Marseille|
|Valverde sings Messi´s praises after 50th hat-trick|
|Wolves penalty was cruel on Bournemouth - Howe|
|Ismaily 1 CS Constantine 1: Hamdi own goal denies Egyptians victory|
|Record-breaking Wales fight back to beat England|
|Heidel stepping down as Schalke sporting director|
|Benitez: A great day for Almiron|
|Chiefs pounce on Sarries setback, Quins make it four in a row|
|Paris Saint-Germain 3 Nimes 0: Mbappe reaches Ligue 1 milestone|
|Kovac waiting on Coman tests after winger lasts nine minutes against Hertha|
|Championship Review: Leeds, Norwich both win|
|Messi insists LaLiga is not over despite downing Sevilla with 50th career hat-trick|
|Brilliant Bencic outlasts Kvitova to complete week of Dubai upsets|
|Sevilla 2 Barcelona 4: Messi hat-trick saves LaLiga leaders|
|Bournemouth 1 Wolves 1: King goes from penalty hero to villain|
|Newcastle United 2 Huddersfield Town 0: Magpies four clear of drop as Almiron sparkles|
|Zazai and Afghanistan smash records galore in thumping victory over Ireland|
|Dyche: Burnley have restored key core values|
|Kohli warns India over ´bad habits´ in IPL|
|Bayern Munich 1 Hertha Berlin 0: Martinez sends champions level at top|
|France bounce back as Scotland suffer familiar Paris pain|
|It was obvious! - Lloris furious at Dean decision|
|Maybe the cables crossed in my brain - Pochettino explains Dean row|
|Captaining Ireland an incredible honour - O´Mahony|
|Zazai´s 162 leads Afghanistan to record T20I total|
|Benitez: Ashley and I need to be on the same page|
|Burnley 2 Tottenham 1: Barnes hits late winner after Kane´s goalscoring return|
|Simeone has no gripe with Ronaldo over Atletico Madrid insult|
|Icardi remains sidelined for Inter´s Fiorentina trip|
|Sangakkara leads Sri Lanka plaudits after historic triumph|
|Solari still committed to LaLiga title race|
|Allegri calls on Juventus to ´do something extraordinary´ after Atletico loss|
|DeRozan humbled by reception on bittersweet Raptors return|
|Du Plessis laments lacklustre Proteas display|
|Hard work pays off for Karunaratne´s Sri Lanka|
|De Laurentiis aims jibe at Juventus and Ronaldo|
|BREAKING NEWS: Kane returns for Spurs at Burnley|
|Champions Crusaders outclass Hurricanes|
|Sri Lanka make history with series win in South Africa|
|Mane: Putting pressure on ourselves won´t help Liverpool|
|Thunder´s George: That was a statement|
|Leclerc ready to battle for top Ferrari billing|
|Man United outing was a learning experience – Alexander-Arnold|
|Redknapp expects more twists as under-pressure Liverpool seek to end title drought|
|Chelsea v Manchester City: Myopic Blues should show Sarri faith regardless of Wembley result|
|Westbrook´s streak ends in Thunder win, Raptors best DeRozan in return|
|Johnson happy with patient approach in Mexico|
|Italy, Poland secure World Cup spots|
|Del Potro stunned, Isner through at Delray Beach|
|Klopp: Man United clash not decisive|
|Mbappe, Di Maria partnership pleases Tuchel|
|WATCH: Raptors pay tribute to DeRozan in return to Toronto|
|Trahan in three-way tie for lead in Puerto Rico|
|Trump on Kraft charge: He´s proclaimed his innocence totally|
|Van Uytvanck battles back to stay on course in Budapest|
|Johnson moves into lead, McIlroy two shots back|
|Arsenal must show intensity to get fans on side - Emery|
|Impressive Tsitsipas through to last four in Marseille|
|England fall in line to Cottrell as West Indies level ODI series|
|Fulham ´scared´ after Hernandez handball - Ranieri|
|Gattuso encouraged by AC Milan´s rampant second-half showing|
|City respond to allegations relating to Sancho deal|
|Wenger will not be new sporting director, insists PSG president|