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Rio Ferdinand says Sergio Ramos will not join Manchester United

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Rio Ferdinand does not believe Manchester United will sign Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos this summer, despite the intense recent speculation regarding a potential transfer.

The retired centre-back, who played for the Red Devils between 2002 and 2014, reckons Ramos will sign a contract extension once Real Madrid offer him a better deal.

Ferdinand was speaking in a two-and-a-half-minute YouTube video, which also saw him pass comment on the rumours involving Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Arsenal star Jack Wilshere. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).

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“Ramos to Man United?” Ferdinand said while flicking through today’s newspapers in his back garden, “Ain’t happening.”

The former England international continued: “He ain’t going to Man United. I think he’s at Real Madrid, new contract coming up, maybe the agent is putting something out - wants to go here, there and everywhere, he’s not happy - Real Madrid come back in with a bumper offer, he signs on the dotted line - happy days.”

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Ramos feels under-appreciated at Real Madrid

Reports out of Spain suggest Ramos has made up his mind to leave the Bernabeu and wants a move to Manchester United, who are more than happy to spend big money on bringing the World Cup winner to Old Trafford.

While the Spaniard reportedly insists his decision is not one motivated by cash, the fact he does not get parity with some of the club’s bigger earners has contributed to his current feeling of under-appreciation.

At 29, Ramos will be acutely aware that this is likely to be his final opportunity to negotiate one last big contract before he begins to decline.

Ramos currently earns €5.5 million-a-season, but that’s significantly less than what the likes Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema earn, and less than three times the amount of money Cristiano Ronaldo receives from the club each year.

Repeat of the Dani Alves situation?

Barcelona right-back Dani Alves found himself in a similar situation last month, with reports claiming he was on the verge of a move to Manchester United after saying he had “both feet and a head” out of the Camp Nou.

The Brazilian wanted a three-year deal with the Catalan giants, who eventually buckled after it became clear that Alves was serious about leaving the reigning European champions.

In the end, Alves got the terms he desired and the contract extension was signed. Manchester United’s interest had worked in his favour.

Meanwhile, Ferdinand believes Schweinsteiger is a “one-club man” who will stay at Bayern Munich; Kane will stay at White Hart Lane because of Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, and that Arsenal can’t afford to lose “Mr. Arsenal” Jack Wilshere.

Manchester United fans: is Rio Ferdinand right? Is Sergio Ramos using United’s interest to get a better deal at Real Madrid? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!

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