Manchester United have suffered a blow in their hopes to sign Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid, as the defender has extended his stay by signing a new five-year deal. Ramos has become the most important part of the Madrid squad since the departure of Iker Casillas to FC Porto. However, he appeared to be unhappy with the lack of a new deal on his table even though Madrid were aware that he had only a limited time left on his existing deal. Now, he has been provided a new five-year contract.
Ramos appears to have utilised the interest shown by United, who made a £28.5 million offer a few weeks ago. Madrid were never keen on selling him from the word go. United tried to make Ramos as a makeweight in a deal that would take David De Gea to the Santiago Bernabeu. De Gea, who has just 12 months left on his contract, has been angling towards a move to his hometown as soon as possible. However, United were determined not to be pushed over by the Spanish giants. Ramos said:
“I know this renewal has taken a while but my heart and head have always been with Real Madrid so I couldn’t be happier.
“I’ve never spoken about my renewal. With a contract that had two years to go, whatever the press want to say I respect but the reality is a bit different.
“My idea was to always be here and I always wanted to retire here if the president would allow it, and I’m thankful I have a new challenge to be the captain of this team.”
Madrid are ready to offer £ 13 million for De Gea, but it appears that United will not budge. Ramos signing a new contract is probably the end of a potential deal involving the two clubs. This would see De Gea joining Madrid on a free transfer next summer with the Spanish club being able to negotiate terms from January. It is believed that they have offered around £ 12 million – almost the transfer fees – to the goalkeeper as a signing on fee. The 24-year-old is unlikely to throw away this situation.
Ramos staying at the Santiago Bernabeu is a huge boost for Florentino Perez and new manager Rafael Benitez. This is especially true since the departure of Casillas came in acrimonious circumstances, which were widely criticised on several fronts. Losing another stalwart almost immediately would have been disastrous for the PR campaign. After losing out to Barcelona in the key major titles last season, the main priority for Madrid will be to reclaim the top spot. It can only be done with the presence of big names like Ramos, who have the ability to lead a team.
There is still hope that Madrid can complete the deal for De Gea before the end of this transfer window.