Sergio Ramos explains why he rejected Manchester United move last summer

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For a little while last summer, it genuinely looked as if Manchester United would sign Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

The Spain international’s relationship with key personnel at the Bernabeu - most notably Florentino Perez, the club’s president - had reportedly broken down and Ramos was making noises that he wanted to leave Los Blancos.

United fans were giddy with excitement - and one suspects Louis van Gaal felt the same, too - but they were ultimately left bitterly disappointed after Ramos performed an unexpected U-turn and put pen to paper on a new five-year contract.


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The 30-year-old has now confirmed that Manchester United were keen to secure his services; however, he insists his priority was always to stay at Real Madrid.

Ramos also claims his decision to stay with the Spanish giants was not motivated by money - even though reports in Spain stated this was one of the main reasons he was keen to leave the Bernabeu last summer.

Ramos: My priority was always Real Madrid

"There was an offer from United," Ramos told COPE, per Goal. "I considered changing for a while but Real Madrid was always my priority and there were no economic reasons."

"Did I feel cheated [by Madrid]? No, but I did feel disappointed for a while. There were some troubles that came to an end."

"I have not heard about [interest from Chelsea]. Many things have always been said.

"Flattery from big clubs is always good as this is because you are doing well, but if the fans and my club want me."

Ramos lets himself down with red cards

Ramos has performed to a high level this season, although his disciplinary problems continue to be an issue for Real Madrid.

The tenacious central defender picked up the 20th red card of his Real Madrid career during last month’s 2-1 win over Las Palmas - and this was followed by his 21st during El Clasico three weeks later.

Fortunately for Ramos, Real Madrid also went on to beat Barcelona, prompting the defender to crack a joke while speaking to reporters after the full-time whistle.

“If I had realised what would happen with one player less, that we'd have won with the sending off, I'd have got myself sent off in the fifth minute,” he was quoted as saying by ESPN.

Underwhelming season for Manchester United

Who knows where Manchester United might be in the Premier League table - and the Champions League - had they signed Ramos last summer.

Van Gaal’s side were eliminated from Europe’s premier club competition in the group stages and currently sit fifth in the league table with four matches left to play.

Where would Manchester United be in the Premier League table if they had signed Sergio Ramos? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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