Sergio Ramos to leave Real Madrid after 15 years

    Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos could ‘embrace a new challenge’ at the end of the season, according to the former Barcelona and Milan star Rivaldo.

    Sergio Ramos’ contract at Santiago Bernabeu is due to expire in the summer. As such, the experienced centre-back is free to negotiate personal terms and sign a pre-contract agreement over a summer move with foreign clubs. Real Madrid have tried to tie the 34-year-old defender down to a new deal, however talks between the sides have hit a stalemate.

    Ramos has been an omnipresent figure for Los Blancos since completing his €27million transfer from Sevilla in 2005. During his trophy-laden spell in the Spanish capital, he has won 22 major titles, including five La Liga crowns and four Champions League trophies. Ramos has registered over 700 appearances for Real Madrid over the last 15 years, scoring 103 goals despite playing at the back.

    Widely regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation and one of the most complete centre-backs in the 21st century, Ramos has central to Real’s tremendous success in Spain and Europe. Therefore, Florentino Perez is looking to keep his most trusted defender at the club. However, the Spaniard’s career in Madrid seems to be drawing to a close, with interest in him not lacking.

    “He is currently free to sign for another club at the end of the season and after over 15 years playing for Los Blancos, I believe he might consider the opportunity to embrace a new challenge,” Rivaldo told Betfair.

    “Furthermore, the club is looking to reduce a player’s salary due to the COVID-19 crisis, and that could also favor his decision to leave from a financial point of view since he has big clubs like PSG interested.

    “He has built a remarkable history with Real Madrid, and he will no doubt be recognized for it. Both the fans and board should understand his decision, after all, he always gave everything for the club and has nothing else to prove.

    “Yet, the club may feel if he decides to leave it could have a huge impact on the squad, just like when Cristiano Ronaldo left, but as I like to say, players come and go. But the club remains and will always be reinvented and continue their path through history, and at Real Madrid, it won’t be any different.”

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