Real Madrid are gearing up for Sergio Ramos’ departure this summer, with a media outlet in Spain claiming Los Blancos’ assume ‘the 34-year-old will leave.
Ramos, a four-time Champions League winner with Real and fourth on the club’s list of appearances, is out of contract this summer and talks about a new deal have still not resulted in a deal.
According to the Spanish broadcaster El Chiringuito, Real concluded that Ramos will likely play his football elsewhere next season, which would end his successful career with Los Blancos after 16 years.
A separate report from El Pais newspaper suggests Ramos is not happy with the offer currently on Real’s table, which offers a 10% pay cut to extend his contract for one year until 2022. That offer includes the option of an additional year, but always under the same conditions with the reduction.
Ramos is said to think he deserves more, both in terms of an actual contract and more of a formal approach with concrete clarifications, as opposed to informal conversations.
El Pais claim that Real president Florentino Perez has promised Ramos an extension of his contract in 2018 if the club beat Liverpool in the Champions League final. They did, winning a record 14th European title in the process, but the player never got that new deal.
Ramos has reportedly told Perez in recent weeks that he has an offer from Paris Saint-Germain worth € 20million a year, although a source at the French club told El Pais it was not true, citing him as more than a superstar striker. Kylian Mbappe gets paid and suggests this is another example of PSG being used as a negotiating tool in contract negotiations with other clubs.
But Perez’s position appears to be that he would rather let Ramos go than improve the offer, which has created the current deadlock and has Los Blancos to believe he will go ahead. The club are even preparing to sign David Alaba on a free transfer as a replacement.
The real is not thought out want to lose a player who still has such quality and influence in the twilight years of his career, and Ramos is also not thought of want to leave and play elsewhere. Right now it seems like a game of chicken as the player and the club wait for the other to blink first.
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