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No Ramos move
Manchester United and Sergio Ramos; two juggernauts of football who seemed destined to be united this summer as the Spaniard had fallen out of favour at Real Madrid.
Well, once again it would appear that the mass speculation has been as misleading as it has downright false, as Rafael Benitez has confirmed he has no plans to sell the World Cup winner and that Florentino Perez also wants to keep him.
"There is a lot of talk about [Ramos'] situation. For me he is an enormous professional," Benitez himself told reporters.
"And for me, the matter (is that) the president has already commented that he is staying with the club.
"I have spoken to him at length in the summer about his ideas, about his future. I see Sergio as an integral part of our team, he's a winner and that's what we need in our team."
Recent footage from Real Madrid’s training camp has shown Ramos as being all smiles, and if we’re perfectly honest aside from trying to blag himself a new contract at the Bernabeu he really doesn’t have any reason to threaten to leave.
United fans, don’t get too confident if you can help it, as we’re willing to put this particular rumour on the scrap-heap for the time being. If Ramos comes out tomorrow and declares an undying love for Old Trafford then you can sure we’ll change our tune, but until then it’s probably better to focus on Nicolas Otamendi.
De Gea update
In other news coincidentally Benitez has offered an update on another potential Real/ United deal, claiming that David de Gea isn’t a Real player yet and that Keylor Navas is the club’s number one.
Will it stay that way? It’s anyone’s guess, but the longer things go on the more it seems Real could wait until next summer to get De Gea on a free.
Recent reports have suggested Los Blancos are willing to pay the goalkeeper €5m - they same amount as he’d earn if he spent a year the Bernabeu - so that he’ll stay at United for another term but not sign an extension with them. If it pays off Real could get De Gea for nothing, except the fee they’re paying him personally, of course.
Evans to Everton
In other news Jonny Evans looks like he’s about to move to Everton, although Roberto Martinez has dismissed the idea that he’s already signed.
Van Gaal is said to be willing to let the Northern Ireland international leave for as little as £8m, but we’ll have more on it as it comes through.