- Real Madrid's boss Perez says life without Barcelona in Spanish La Liga is unimaginable
- Perez says he trusts the Spanish government to deal with the heightened tension in the country
- The 70-year-old also said he is happy with manager Zinedine Zidane's performances so far this season
Florentino Perez insists he cannot imagine "Spain without Catalonia nor La Liga without Barcelona" .
The Real Madrid supremo has also admitted concern at the political crisis sweeping Spain amid Catalonia's drive for independence.
"There are hypotheticals that I do not consider. I am not considering a Spain without Catalonia nor La Liga without Barcelona," the Madrid president told El Espanol.
"Obviously it worries me like everyone else, but I can offer little assistance.
"I trust the government and the parties that back the constitution that have united to solve the problem in the best possible way."
Meanwhile, Perez believes it is understandable that Real have not been able to keep up the blistering start to the season.
"Maybe we concentrated too much on winning the European trophies and you relax a bit which leads to a team beating you at Bernabeu," he claimed.
"No one likes that but it is not possible to be playing every week, Wednesday and Sunday at top speed."
Perez is satisfied with Zinedine Zidane's work, while he also believes Cristiano Ronaldo is relaxed regarding an investigation into his tax fraud allegations.
"Zidane has transformed Real Madrid. Sometimes as it is with football, you appoint a coach and it doesn't work out but Zidane has been fantastic," he stated.
"Ronaldo is calm because he is someone who is focused on something: his profession."He has his conscience clear having not done anything and no reason to hide. He has dedicated everything to win Ballon d'Ors."
Perez has been in charge of Real Madrid for more than 15 years across spells.
A Catalan independence referendum, which has been deemed illegal, was marred by violence on two weekends ago, with Barca forced to play a 3-0 win over Las Palmas behind closed doors at the Camp Nou.