Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos revealed back in 2013 that his father is a fan of Manchester United.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the Spanish international, who has been linked with a move to Old Trafford of late, compared the Red Devils with Real when the duo were placed together in the Champions League two years ago.
Ramos and Co., of course, knocked Manchester United out of the competition under the guidance of Jose Mourinho in what proved to be Sir Alex Ferguson's final season in charge of the Red Devils.
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But, before the showdown, Ramos revealed his father's soft spot for the English outfit. At the time, the Real Madrid man stated: "My dad used to watch a lot of football and he would say to me when I was a kid: So and so is playing today. You have to watch this player or that player."
When asked which club his dad supported, he responded by saying: "United. My family are Sevilla fans but he always had a soft spot for Manchester United.
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"I was pleased to get United. If you look at the history and the philosophy they transmit they are to the Premier League what Madrid are in Spain. The ideals that they drum into their players are similar."
Ramos' comments, of course, are once again relevant, with Louis van Gaal and Co. seemingly ready to bring him to the club in the upcoming transfer window. Unsurprisingly, the centre-back has been linked with a move to the club as part of any deal involving goalkeeper David de Gea, who looks set to move on in the opposite direction.
De Gea, who has just one year remaining on his current deal at the Theatre of Dreams, has been the club's standout player over the course of the past two years, but it now appears that he will move on sooner rather than later.
But, if the 'keeper does depart, will Ramos arrive?
United fans aren't confident
Well, United fans don't seem to think so. In fact, some just believe that the defender is using the club to secure a nice new deal with Real Madrid...
It's worth a try
Of course, the Manchester United hierarchy won't want to risk missing out on other targets by pursuing Ramos, but you can hardly blame them for giving it a go, as Louis van Gaal and Co. go in search of returning to the summit of the Premier League table.
At the end of the day, despite the odd red card, Ramos is recognised as one of the leading defenders in world football, and would certainly bring a winning mentality to the Theatre of Dreams.
Full of experience, he'd certainly help the likes of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling develop at the heart of the club's defence, and would offer a great deal with the club set to return to Europe's elite competition.
Manchester United fans: Is Ramos using your club? Do you expect him to sign a new deal with Real Madrid? Have your say in the comments section below!
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