Club legend Sergio Ramos is set to leave Madrid after 16 years
After 16 years with the team, Sergio Ramos is set to leave Madrid. He leaves a mark on the Los Blancos as a club legend and one of their best centre-backs. The star defender and club end their partnership due to a disagreement about his contract.
At 35 years of age, it was a gamble to keep relying on Ramos to anchor Madrid’s defence. Since they just signed David Alaba to a long-term deal, the club wanted him to serve as a new starting CB. This left the club at odds with Ramos and Raphaël Varane as Alaba's partner at the backline. The club chose Varane since he’s the obvious choice since he’s only 28 years of age.
Ramos reiterated that he never wanted to leave Madrid but the way they parted was unreasonable. The star 35-year-old wanted a two-year extension but the club only offered a one-year deal with a smaller amount of money. This was unacceptable for Ramos since he knows that he gave so much to the club and he needed them to reciprocate but it didn’t happen.
Madrid held a press conference to bid farewell to their departing star defender and captain. He showed his appreciation for the club that signed him from Sevilla in 2005 and gave him a prominent role for almost two decades.
He said, ‘The moment has arrived, one of the most difficult moments in my life, to say goodbye to Madrid… I want to thank the club, the president and my teammates for all the affection they have given me. For me, you're like family. It's inevitable to get emotional... Thanks to Madrid, who will always be in my heart. An era ends but it's not goodbye, it's see you later, because sooner or later I will be back’.
It will be interesting to see how Ramos will adjust to his new situation. There hasn’t been any transfer news just yet since Ramos just left the club. However, some people have speculated a big Ramos move. Both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are the two leaders in the transfer race since they are big clubs on the level of Madrid.
Words: Cholo Martin