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Thursday, 30 May 2019

Sergio Ramos confirms Real Madrid stay: ‘I want to retire here’

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has this evening confirmed his intention to remain with the club into next season and beyond.

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Spanish international Ramos has been on the books of Los Blancos since 2005, when he made the move to the Bernabeu from fellow La Liga outfit Sevilla.

And the 33-year-old has since gone on to etch his name indelibly into the history books of Real.

Ramos has racked up well over 400 appearances in the colours of the capital giants, on his way to a hefty 20 trophies.

This title-haul includes a quartet of La Liga crowns, and, most-notably, 4 Champions Leagues. In addition, 3 of these European titles came over the course of a 3-year stretch between 2015 and 2018, during which Ramos acted as the heart, soul and leader of Los Merengues.

He is widely considered as one of the greatest defenders of the modern area, with Ramos’ face now synonymous with everything that Real Madrid stand for.

Luis Suarez and Sergio Ramos

Luis Suarez of Barcelona clashes with Sergio Ramos and Casemiro of Real Madrid during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou on May 6, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

‘A very good offer’

As such, it came as something of a shock when rumours began to mount of late that the Spaniard had set his sights firmly on a departure from the Bernabeu this summer.

In fact, Blancos’ president Florentino Perez even went as far as to confirm earlier this week that Ramos and his agent had informed the club’s hierarchy of a lucrative offer on the table from the Chinese Super League.

Speaking to Onda Cero, Perez explained:

‘They came to see me at the office and they told me that they had a very good offer from China but that the rules there do not allow them to pay the transfer.’

‘I’m a Madridista’

Real, though, never wavered in their stance that Ramos was absolutely not for sale, with Perez having added:

‘I told Ramos that it was impossible for Real Madrid to let their captain go for free.’

And, after calling a press conference to provide clarity on his future this evening, Ramos himself has since gone on to reaffirm his complete and total commitment to the soon-to-be dethroned European champions:

‘There has been too much speculation about my future and I wanted to reiterate my commitment to the club. My relationship with the president is similar to that of a father and son.’

‘I have no intention of leaving the club and wish to retire here. The relationship with Florentino is father-son and of course that dynamic can have moments of conflict too.’

‘There is an offer from China and If I didn’t feel wanted then it’s an alternative, but at present my deal is with Real Madrid and my plan is to see out my contract. There has been too much speculation and I wanted to clear this matter up.’

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