Spanish Giants Real Madrid confirmed that captain Sergio Ramos is leaving the club after 16 glorious years. The Spanish defender’s term was to end in June and his club was willing to give him only a one-year contract.
Sergio Ramos has won 4 Champions League and 5 League titles during his stint with Real. He was dropped in the ongoing Euro 2020 campaign.
The news was confirmed by Real Madrid bringing to an end a long association. Sergio Ramos was offered an extension if he agreed to a pay cut. But talks fell through and the 35-year old has decided to leave the club.
Club sources said that president Perez was not willing to deviate from his policy of giving only a 1-year contract to players once they cross 30 years. Ramos wanted a 2-year contract. Talks were going on for a year but fell through after no agreement could be reached. There were no talks of a pay rise, however.
A farewell ceremony attended by Florentino Perez, Real’s president, will take place on June 17. Real Madrid termed it an institutional act of tribute and farewell.
Sergio Ramos had come in from Sevilla in 2005. In his illustrious career, he scored 101 goals in 671 appearances for Real Madrid. He was a big influence on the field but injuries had curtailed his playing time this season with Real Madrid.
Where Next For Sergio Ramos?
While his former club Sevilla has been linked to him for a transfer, Paris Saint-Germain has also evinced an interest in the legendary defender. Manchester City too is among the front runners.
He could also opt for Major League Soccer and go over to New York City FC.
Though 35, Ramos still performs at the physical level of a player aged between 28 and 30 according to data sourced by City.
Spanish coach Luis Enrique did not pick Sergio Ramos for the Euro 2020 citing his injuries. Interestingly, there are no Real Madrid players in the Spanish team in this tournament.