Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos held a meeting with the club’s managing director, Jose Angel Sanchez, on Wednesday morning to help ease the tension after several days of intense speculation regarding his future at the Bernabeu.
Spanish newspaper Marca have published an interesting piece of information about what Ramos did after the meeting, which was held at the club’s Valdebebas training ground.
Instead of returning straight home after the meeting, which failed to result in an agreement between Ramos and the club, the in-demand central defender collected some personal belongings that he had left behind.
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It’s understood that Ramos has decided to leave Real Madrid this summer and has instructed the club to listen to offers, with Manchester United keen to bring him to Old Trafford.
But there’s still a sense this could be all be a ploy by Ramos to force Los Blancos into offering him a lucrative new contract.
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Ramos' last chance to earn big contract
The Spanish World Cup winner, who turns 30 next season, will be acutely aware that this is probably his final chance to negotiate one last big contract before he hangs up his boots.
Ramos, having been an key player at Real Madrid for 10 years now, feels he deserves parity with Gareth Bale in terms of earnings.
Ramos currently earns €5.5 million-a-season, according to Mundo Deportivo, which makes him the seventh-highest paid player at the Bernabeu behind Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez, Iker Casillas, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, who earns a staggering €17 million-a-year.
Although Ramos is probably deserving of a higher wage given what he has done for Real Madrid over the past decade - particularly in the past couple of seasons - a separate report from Marca claims the Spanish giants will not be held to ransom by the defender.
Ramos' relationship with Perez in tatters
The relationship between Ramos and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has deteriorated in recent weeks and a stand-off has subsequently developed.
Perez believes Ramos has got too big for his boots, while he also feels the defender could have done more to help Bale settle in following his world-record move from Tottenham in the summer of 2013.
Ramos, in turn, feels Perez shows animosity towards players who deserve respect for what they have given to the club, while overprotecting those - such as Benzema, Bale and Martin Odegaard - who are less deserving of such treatment.
Marca understand that the situation between Ramos and Real Madrid is nowhere near close to being resolved, so expect this issue - and the headlines linking him with Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City - to run on for some time yet.
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