After months of endless speculation regarding the future of Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid’s hierarchy appear to have finally had enough – setting their captain a deadline to accept their contract renewal offer by.
Talks over a renewed deal at the Bernabeu have long since hit the buffers, with Los Blancos unable to fulfil the financial demands of their legendary captain as they look to balance the books amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Real had hoped Ramos would lead by example and accept a pay cut until the club were in a steadier financial position. However, with the 34-year-old yet to accept the offer of a two-year-deal and a 10% pay-cut, ABC claim the club’s hierarchy have issued a March deadline for a final decision.
As it stands, Ramos is free to discuss his future with potential suitors, and back in November, 90min exclusively revealed that all of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ sides were monitoring the defender’s situation with interest.
Manchester City are particularly keen on the four-time Champions League winner, but city rivals United are Ramos’ preferred destination should he leave Madrid.
Ramos has previously stated his desire to remain at Real Madrid, whom he has played for over the past 16 years. But now in the twilight of his career, he recognises that this is likely his last opportunity to secure a bumper payday elsewhere, as well as a chance to try something new.
Ramos’ continued importance to Zinedine Zidane’s side has been further outlined this campaign, with Real’s La Liga title bid left in tatters in the Spaniard’s absence. A number of niggling injuries have seen Ramos miss six league games this season, and Zidane’s men have picked up just three wins without their world class defender.
However, it seems Real just aren’t in a financial position to offer their talisman what he wants, and they could well wave goodbye to the man who has led them through one of the most successful periods in the club’s glittering history.