Real Madrid new boss Rafa Benitez has poured cold water on Sergio Ramos' potential move to Manchester United. Reports had suggested the Spanish international was unhappy at Madrid and was keen for a move to the Premier League.
Rafa Benitez says Ramos is '100%' staying in Madrid reports SkySports. He also told the media that Ramos is a 'key' player for Real Madrid.
Impressive Madrid record
The Spanish centre back has been ever present in Madrid's first team for the past few seasons. His performances were sublime, earning a place in Uefa's team of the year 2014 alongside teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
While at Real Madrid, the 29-year-old has been hugely successful, winning 1 champions league and 3 La Liga trophies.
Man United's hunt for a new centre back isn't going well
This transfer window has been mainly successful for United with the additions of Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger and Depay. However its safe to say their attempts to sign centre backs - Mats Hummels and Nicolas Otamendi have been equally disappointing.
Man United's central defence has not seen a regular starter since the departure of Rio Ferdinand to QPR and Nemanja Vidic to Inter Milan in 2014.
Louis van Gaal has been planning to use fellow Dutchman Daley Blind at centre back reports the Metro, due to Ramos' transfer breaking down. This is a position we haven't seen Blind play and it should be interesting to see how he adapts to the new role.
Blind's versatility is clear, playing an important role at left back for Holland at the 2014 world cup in Brazil. He played most of his games at centre midfield for Man United last season.
However because of the arrivals of midfielders Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger, the competition for places may be too difficult for the Dutchman. This may lead him to fill the whole in United's defence.
United's efforts to sign a new central defender may not have gone to plan so far but Man United fans should leave room for optimism. Their pre-season tour of America got off to a brilliant start this week with two wins - with a 3-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes last night.