This is according to Jeremy Cross, the Daily Star’s Chief Sports Writer, who quotes a Manchester United source as claiming the Red Devils feel “betrayed” by the World Cup winners’ U-turn.
United were keen to sign Ramos this summer and were ready to increase their initial £28 million bid for the centre-back, but it now looks likely that the 29-year-old will put pen to paper on a new deal with the ten-time European champions.
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“The club was led to believe he wanted to join them and was willing to leave Real Madrid,” the United source told Starsport. “He was urged to make his feelings public to help speed up the transfer, but it now looks like he was playing a game all along.
“In the end it appears all he wanted was a new contract at Real and it looks like he’s going to get one as well.
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“It’s not the sort of behaviour you’d expect from a player of his standing in the game. It’s like he’s betrayed United.”
Ramos has used United's interest?
There was always a chance that Manchester United’s interest would be used by Ramos in order to negotiate a better contract with Real Madrid.
As things stand, Ramos is only the seventh-highest paid player at the Bernabeu and understandably feels that he deserves to earn parity with some of the club’s top earners after ten years of excellent service.
But Real Madrid were reluctant to hand Ramos an improved deal because of his age. The former Sevilla star turns 30 next March and the chances of decline suddenly setting in will increase with each passing month.
However, after losing long-serving captain Iker Casillas it was essential for Real Madrid to retain the services of Ramos, who will take the armband after the goalkeeper left the Bernabeu for FC Porto earlier this summer.
While the relationship between Ramos and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez remains a little frosty, it has thawed out over recent weeks. An improved contract would leave the two men on good terms again.
David de Gea could still leave
So, what does this mean for Manchester United’s David de Gea?
United had no desire to sell De Gea unless they received Ramos in exchange, but the fact the Red Devils signed Argentina international Sergio Romero this week suggests they fear the Spanish goalkeeper will still get his wish before the transfer window closes on September 1.
Van Gaal admitted as much after completing the deal for Romero, who has been brought in as a replacement for Victor Valdes but could become Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper this season if De Gea leaves.
Manchester United fans: do you feel Sergio Ramos has used your club in order to negotiate a better contract? Will David de Gea still be a Manchester United player by September 2? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!