Sergio Ramos ends transfer speculation, signs new five-year contract with Real Madrid

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You can end the “Sergio Ramos to Manchester United” rumors once and for all.

Just like many had suspected all along, Ramos has signed a new contract with the Spanish giants, agreeing a lucrative deal until 2020 which put him line with Real’s highest earners.

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The recently appointed club captain has been at Real for over a decade and now Ramos, 29, is likely to see out his career with Los Blancos. The World Cup winner has had his critics over the years, but his ability to play out of the back, take risks and drive Real on is undoubted. Yes, he picks up plenty of red cards, but Ramos’ passion and wholehearted commitment often holds Real’s backline together when most of their players only care about attacking.

In a glitzy ceremony alongside Real’s president Florentino Perez at the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday, Ramos extended his stay at the 10-time champions of Europe.

Manchester United went for Ramos hard this summer, with the central defender unsettled and at times it seemed as if he was on the verge of walking out on Real. But with new manager Rafael Benitez making it clear multiple times that Ramos would stay and making him the club captain, conspiracy theorists speculated that Ramos and his agent (his brother, Rene) were trying to get a lucrative new deal at Real rather than seriously considering a move to the Premier League with United.

In the end, that’s exactly what has happened. One of the finest defenders of his generation who also weighs in with plenty of goals from set piece situations — he has scored 58 goals in 494 career appearances — Ramos’ importance to a Real backline that lost Iker Casillas over the summer cannot be underestimated.