Sergio Ramos has been at Real Madrid since 2005, and it looks like he’ll be staying there for a few more years.
The defender had been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United this summer, but now reports in Spain claim Ramos and the club have come to an agreement to keep him at the Bernabeu.
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Spanish newspaper Marca is reporting that Ramos’ new deal will keep him at Madrid until 2020, as his current contract is set to expire in 2017. By the time the extension ends, Ramos will be 34-years-old, meaning he will likely end his career with Real, a club he has already made more than 400 appearances for.
Ramos will also get a pay raise, as he will collect nearly $10 million per season with the new deal. However, that is still about $3 million less than what Manchester United had offered him.
With the departure of Iker Casillas to FC Porto, Ramos was named the captain of Real Madrid before the team’s preseason tour to Australia and China. The report states that Ramos and club president Florentino Perez sat down in China and hammered out the deal, which is expected to be announced before the La Liga season starts in August.
While Real supporters will be very pleased to be keeping a club legend and one of the top defenders in the game, this is a major loss for Louis van Gaal and Manchester United. United’s back-line is the one part of the team that still needs reinforcements, and could hold them back from challenging for the Premier League title this season.Follow @KyleLynchFC