Real Madrid and Sergio Ramos ‘agree contract extension’

Spanish daily AS claim that the Liga giants have finally come to an agreement with their captain over a new contract at the Santiago Bernabeu and will hold a news conference next Monday to officially announce the deal.

The Spain international joined Real Madrid from Sevilla in 2005 and has since become an iconic figure at the club. However, tensions between the player and the board earlier this summer threatened to end the longstanding relationship, with Ramos reportedly telling the club he intended to leave this summer.

It was suggested that Louis van Gaal was keen on exchanging United goalkeeper David de Gea for Ramos, who was reportedly unhappy about the salary he had been offered as part of a new deal at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid stood firm on their reluctance to allow their captain to leave, with boss Rafa Benitez claiming from the start that the World Cup winner would remain in the Spanish capital.

“I have a lot of respect for Louis van Gaal, but Sergio will be staying with us,” the Real Madrid manager said in July.

“He is our player, our captain. I would like to see him (at the club) at the beginning of the season, because he’s a key player for us.”

Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid attends a training session ahead of a friendly soccer match against AC Milan in Shanghai,July 29, 2015
Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid attends a training session ahead of a friendly soccer match against AC Milan in Shanghai,July 29, 2015 – Reuters

When asked whether he was absolutely certain the centre-half would stay, Benitez added: “For me, 100 per cent. I insist that it is clear for me and the club, Sergio will be here. Football is a curious world, but Ramos will be staying.”

It was claimed that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez told Ramos that he would have been forced to quit the club if the defender had have moved to Manchester United. But all seems to be resolved in the Spanish capital and it is expected that Ramos will sign the bumper new deal in the coming days.