Real Madrid issue contract ultimatum with captain Sergio Ramos
After months of endless speculation about Sergio Ramos’ future, Real Madrid’s hierarchy seems to have finally had enough – setting their captain a deadline to accept his contract renewal offer from here.
Talks over a renewed deal at the Bernabeu have long hit the buffers, with Los Blancos unable to meet the financial demands of their legendary captain as they seek to balance the books amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Real had hoped Ramos would lead by example and agree to a pay cut until the club were in a more stable financial situation. However, while the 34-year-old has yet to accept the offer of a two-year deal and a 10% pay cut, ABC says the club’s hierarchy issued a deadline in March. for a final decision.
As it stands, Ramos is free to discuss his future with potential suitors, and back in November, 90 mins exclusively revealed that all of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ teams are watching the defender’s situation with interest.
Manchester City are particularly keen on the four-time Champions League winner, but city rivals United are Ramos’ favorite destination if he leaves Madrid.
Ramos has previously stated his desire to stay at Real Madrid, which he has played for the past 16 years. But now, in the twilight of his career, he recognizes that this is probably his last chance to get a stellar paycheck elsewhere, as well as a chance to try something new.
Ramos’ continued importance to Zinedine Zidane’s side has been further emphasized this campaign, with Real’s La Liga title bid left in tatters in the Spaniard’s absence. A number of insignificant injuries have seen Ramos miss six league games this season, and Zidane’s men have only achieved three wins without their world-class defender.
However, it looks like Real just isn’t able to offer his talisman what he wants, and they might just be saying goodbye to the man who led them through one of the most successful times. of the club’s sparkling history.