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Sergio Ramos told he cannot leave Real Madrid for free

By Chris Smith

Published: 13:17, 28 May 2019

Real Madrid president Florentino has insisted Sergio Ramos will not be allowed to leave on a free transfer this summer.

Reports emerged on Monday that the Los Blancos captain had apparently asked for permission to join a team in China after meeting with Perez.

What are Ramos’ future plans? Five things to know…

  1. According to reports, Ramos has asked for permission to make a free transfer to China this summer.
  2. But Real president Perez has now insisted this is not an option for the 33-year-old.
  3. Any club wishing to buy Ramos will have to meet his release clause.
  4. Some media outlets are reporting that clause as standing at a staggering £707m.
  5. Ramos has won four Champions League and La Liga titles during his 14 years at the club.

Back in 2015, Ramos was thought to be close to a move to Manchester United, before eventually extending his contract and going on to win a further three Champions League titles.

And now, Perez has moved to end speculation surrounding the 33-year-old once and for all.

“They [Ramos and his advisers] came to see me in my office,” Perez told Onda Cero’s El Transistor.

“They mentioned that he might leave but without a transfer fee because transfer fees in China are very complicated.

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“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.”

Why are transfer fees in China so complicated?

If Ramos is to leave Real this summer, any club wishing to sign him will have to meet Los Blancos’ valuation of their captain.

That, however, complicates things for any Chinese club wishing to make a bid for the Spanish World Cup winner.

In China, clubs must pay a 100 per cent levy on overseas transfers, effectively doubling their cost. According to reports from AS’ Tomas Roncero, Ramos is held in such high regard at the Santiago Bernabeu that his release clause stands at a staggering £707m, which would be doubled for any Chinese club wishing to make a bid.

Obviously, even the world’s richest clubs would struggle to afford that kind of fee and perhaps more pertinently, as good as Ramos is, he is certainly not worth anywhere near that kind of money.