Florentino Perez believes that Real Madrid and Sergio Ramos are “united forever”, after the defender penned a new five-year deal with the club.
Ramos was heavily linked with a summer switch to Manchester United but, on Monday, the centre-half committed his future to Los Blancos until 2020, by which point he will be 34.
Consequently, Perez now believes that the World Cup winner will finish his career at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“Today is a great day,” the Blancos supremo told reporters. “Real Madrid has satisfaction that Sergio will be with us for five more years.
“Ramos is a symbol of Madridisma, which has made us love him for many years with his character, desire and huge heart.
“That’s why Real Madrid and Ramos are united forever.”
Perez’s relationship with Ramos was reported to have broken down earlier this summer but the 68-year-old insisted that he has never had anything but love and respect for a player he signed from Sevilla in 2005.
“It’s a special day for me, for many reasons,” he stated. “From a personal perspective, because I have seen how he has developed from a young man to a man, an exceptional player. A legend – 445 matches and 55 goals.
“Ramos has won everything but like Real he wants more, that’s why we need to make this desire for new challenges.
“His determination and leadership continues to be an example to young players here.
“Sergio Ramos will always be Sergio Ramos, I hope he is always the same footballer, who never gives up.
“With your work and talent, you have made every Madridista love you. Now we need you more than ever.”
Perez also confirmed that Ramos will take over as club captain following Iker Casillas’ move to Porto earlier this summer.
“It’s not easy to be the leader in this team – Real Madrid is the most demanding club in the world – but Ramos has understood that,” he added.
“He came here at 19 and the unity between Sergio and Real Madrid has been strong.
“In 2005, Sergio was very clear, he came here to make history and now 10 years later we can confirm that’s how it has been. This is where he will continue to make history.
“This will be his 11th season and he is going to be the captain, he will wear it with pride as Iker Casillas did.”