Real Madrid might yet struggle to keep hold of Sergio Ramos despite the fact that he was yesterday named as their new club captain, according to incredible reports in Spain.
Spanish mouthpiece Marca today makes the bold claim that the long-serving Los Blancos steward is determined to leave the Santiago Bernabeu having been offered €11million-a-year by Manchester United, and his club know it.
Ramos going nowhere
However, it’s told in no uncertain terms - just take a look at the headline of the paper below - that Real will not be letting Ramos leave under any circumstances, with Rafael Benitez possibly set to have a difficult start to his tenure as a result.
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Much of Marca’s report is built around the sanctimony of the status of captaincy at the Santiago Bernabeu, and, with Iker Casillas having already been sold to Porto, Florentino Perez knows he cannot do the same with Ramos.
That’s in spite of the fact that ongoing reports suggest that the Spain international has fallen out of love with Real, and from the looks of things even being handed the sacred armband hasn’t been enough to change his mind.
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Hard to believe
Of course United fans, and indeed the neutral masses in general, might find this difficult to believe since Ramos is now the most important player at arguably the biggest club in football.
Many are of the opinion that his pushing for a move is a ploy to get a new lucrative deal, although in any case Marca say Real won’t match United’s wage offering.
That’s not to say that Louis van Gaal doesn’t need a new centre-back however, with the arrivals at Old Trafford thus far not fixing that particular issue.
Ramos sits at the top of the Dutchman’s wish-list, alongside Valencia star Nicolas Otamendi, and the vast majority of fans are of the opinion that the addition of a strong defensive leader is needed above all else now.
End in sight?
The saga in question will likely continue to rumble on until Ramos has made an ultimate decision either way. If the Spain star continues to stamp his feet and goes public with his supposed longing to leave then it might leave Real with no choice but to allow him to leave.
One thing’s for sure however, United are going to have to pay through the roof if they want to defender, and even then Van Gaal might struggle to get a deal done.
United fans, is a deal for Ramos at all possible? Let us know in the comments box below.