Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has confirmed he will be staying at the club.
The Spaniard has recently been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu, after president Florentino Perez confirmed Ramos had asked the club for a free transfer this summer.
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- Sergio Ramos has recently been linked with a move away from Real Madrid.
- The Real captain told club president Florentino Perez of his desires to leave for China.
- Perez insisted the Spaniard would not be allowed to leave on a free transfer.
- And Ramos has now revealed he will be staying at Real Madrid.
- Ramos has won 20 trophies with Real Madrid since 2005, including four Champions Leagues.
Speaking to reporters, Perez said: “They [Ramos and his advisers] came to see me in my office.
“They mentioned that he might leave but without a transfer fee because transfer fees in China are very complicated.
“I told him that he can’t leave and that we would be speaking to the Chinese club interested in signing him.
“It’s impossible to let your captain leave for free, that would be setting a bad precedent.”
And Ramos has now confirmed his future, pledging the next season to Real Madrid, with the Spaniard’s contract up in 2021.
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“I want to put rest to rumours that don’t do any well to myself, the club or anybody else involved,” Ramos told reporters at a press conference.
“I want to be real clear to the fans. We’ve never had problems (with the club), I’m a Madridista and I’d love to retire here.
“There is an offer from China and If I didn’t feel wanted than it’s an alternative, but at present my deal is with Real Madrid and my plan is to see out my contract.
“There has been too much speculation and I wanted to clear this matter up.
“The wage does not matter to me. I would play for Real Madrid for free.”
Ramos’ revelation means a continuation of his 14-year spell with Real Madrid, after signing from Sevilla in 2005. Since then, Ramos has tasted all kinds of glory with Los Blancos, winning four Champions Leagues, four La Liga titles and two Copa del Reys among other minor trophies.
Ramos clears up relationship with president
One of the reasons given for Ramos’ reported desire to leave Real Madrid was due to the Spaniard falling out with club president Perez.
And though Ramos did confirm an offer came in from China, the 33-year-old insists he has never had a problem with Perez.
He added: “I have never had an issue with the president. Our relationship is like a father and son, and of course that dynamic can have moments of conflict too.”
“My intention is to construct a new Real Madrid with the president and start to look to the future.
“I still have the physical strength to play for the club, how long will this last ? I don’t know … two, four, six years.
“When the time comes to move on I’ll do so but in a place where I never have to face Real Madrid.”