Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta has dismissed the suggestion that international colleague Sergio Ramos, whose time with Real Madrid appears to be heading for its end, could also become a teammate at club level.
The future of Ramos as a Real Madrid player remains the subject of intense speculation owing to an apparent fallout with club president Florentino Perez and it seems likely he will leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.
Manchester United are reported to have lodged an offer of almost £30 million for the centre-back as Louis van Gaal looks to bring an experienced performer to Old Trafford to reinforce his defensive options.
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But what of a move across the Clasico divide? A nigh on impossibility, one would think, but that has not prevented Iniesta from being asked if he would welcome Ramos from Madrid to the Camp Nou were the opportunity to arise.
As reported by AS, and relayed by Sky Sports, this question came courtesy of a young fan, and Iniesta responded diplomatically so as not to offend either Barcelona or Ramos, and he did quite a good job, too.
Iniesta said: “For me, the team-mates I already have are the best.”
Unless Barcelona unexpectedly join the race (not to mention their current transfer embargo) the two most likely options for Ramos would appear to be staying with Real Madrid or joining Manchester United.
While the latter does not seem that likely right now given his apparent desire to leave, there has been the suggestion that this is a ploy for Ramos to get a sizeable new contract offer, with his current deal to expire in 2017.
However, much could hinge on Real Madrid’s interest in David de Gea. With United in no rush to sell their goalkeeper, they could feasibly hold on until Madrid are willing to sell them Ramos - an exchange of sorts that is well within the realms of possibility.
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