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Sergio Ramos hoping to see out his career with Real Madrid

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Sergio Ramos wants to spend the rest of his career at Real Madrid.

Ramos scored the 93rd-minute equaliser against city rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday to force extra-time as his side eventually stormed to victory in the Champions League final and claimed “La Decima”.

This completed his amazing trophy collection which includes three La Liga titles, two Copa Del Rays and a Supercopa de Espanas.

The 28-year-old’s current contract expires in the 2016/17 season when he will be 31, and is hoping to renegotiate a new deal soon to see out his playing days at the Bernabeu and make him one of the highest-paid defenders in the world.

"I feel privileged to be at the best team in the world," he said. "I say it loud that I want to be here for many years and retire here. From the first day I have felt the affection of the fans and I will always be grateful. It is a dream to lift 'Ol' Big Ears'.

Ramos has spent nine seasons in the Spanish capital since joining from Sevilla in 2005 for £27m – a record for a Spanish teenager – after winning the La Liga breakthrough player of the year award for the previous season.

Since then he has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world, and has made 403 apperances for the club under a total of eight different managers.

After a trophy-less first season, he enjoyed back-to-back La Liga titles under Fabio Capello and Bernd Schuster as well as the 2008 Supercopa de Espana, while he was also named in the FIFA and UEFA team of the year.

His namesake Juande and current Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini failed to build on this success as silverware eluded them, but Jose Mourinho brought Ramos’ first Copa Del Ray trophy in the 2010/11 campaign. Though that success will be better remembered for the celebratory parade, where Ramos accidentally dropped the trophy under the wheels of the open-top bus.

Another league and Supercopa title arrived the following year, though the defender suffered heartbreak when he missed his penalty in the Champions League semi-final shootout defeat to Bayern Munich.

Mourinho resigned after a silverware-free 2012/13, though he appeared in the FIFA World XI for a third consecutive year after making the 2011 and 2012 teams, as well as a second straight spot in the UEFA team of the year.

New boss Carlo Ancelotti has delivered another Copa Del Ray crown this year as well as the all important La Decima.

He made 11 appearances during Real’s 10th successful European campaign, and scored twice in the semi-final demolition of Bayern.

Another textbook header on Saturday sparked Ancelotti’s men’s revival, with Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo sealing victory in extra-time.

At international level he has been capped 115 times by Spain, and has become an integral part of possibly the greatest ever international side – winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup as well as the 2008 and 2012 European Championships – and in March 2013 became the youngest ever European player to reach 100 appearances.

His impressive performances for his country also earned him a place in the team of the tournament both in the 2010 and 2012 triumphs.

The defender will be hoping to complete a perfect summer with the national side in Brazil, while a new contract could set him up nicely for further achievements with Real Madrid.

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