Center-back Sergio Ramos is expected to leave Real Madrid this summer after refusing to compromise on his contract demands. The 35-year-old’s current contract will expire this summer and Real had offered him the opportunity to sign a new one-year deal with the same salary cut as the rest of the squad had accepted. However, Ramos refused and instead pushed for a two-year deal on the same wage as before.
Ramos and Real, the both, had hoped to reach an agreement on a new contract that would keep the iconic defender with the club until Bernabeu’s reconstruction is done in 2023, but Ramos refusal to agree to a wage drop appears to have sealed his destiny.
Manchester City is keeping a close eye on Sergio Ramos’ position and may offer him a two-year contract if he does not renew his deal with Real Madrid.
Guardiola believes that a footballer with Ramos’ talents would boost the squad’s competitiveness and experience in such high-profile contests. Eric Garcia, a young defender, is returning to Barcelona, and Nathan Ake had a limited role last season owing to injury, making only 10 league games, while Aymeric Laporte has progressed from automatic pick to substitute over the last two years.
Ramos is aware of City’s interest but would like to meet with Perez before making a final choice. He wants a two-year extension at Real Madrid, but the club has so far refused to make an exception to its year-on-year policy for over-30s. Madrid has acquired David Alaba to bolster their defense ahead of next season, and it remains to be seen whether Perez will offer Ramos a contract extension.
Aside from renewing contracts across the team, Real must select a new manager to replace the departed Zinedine Zidane.