Manchester City have been dealt a sizeable blow in the race to sign Sergio Ramos, with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insisting that the versatile defender will spend the rest of his career at the Santiago Bernabeu.
27-year-old Ramos, a formidable competitor who joined the La Liga giants from rivals Sevilla during the summer of 2005, has developed a reputation as one of the world's very best defensive talents during his time at Real and has also become a pivotal figure for his native Spain with 112 caps already to his name.
Ramos' excellent form has seen the World Cup winner the subject of increasingly intense transfer speculation of late, with Premier League title hopefuls Manchester City linked with his signature in addition to wealthy French champions Paris Saint-Germain.
However, it looks as if that aforementioned duo will have to turn elsewhere for defensive reinforcements as Real's outspoken president has insisted that Ramos will end his career with his current employers and that the club are biding their time before commencing talks over an extension to his current contract, which is due to end in 2017.
"To Sergio Ramos, I have much affection," Perez told Spanish newspaper Marca in an interview that was quoted by talkSPORT.
"He will retire here. There are no offers for him because they know we will not sell him. We will deal with his renewal at the appropriate time."