Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has attempted to put an end to the ongoing transfer speculation linking him with a move away from the Spanish capital.
The 28-year-old centre-back had reportedly been at a stand-off with the La Liga club regarding a contract extension – Ramos contract runs out in June 2017. But the Madrid captain has moved to ease any concerns regarding his future by committing himself to the club he once referred to as “God’s team” for the foreseeable future.
“I’d like to clarify everything related to me signing a new deal,” Ramos said. “I’m obviously in no hurry. I still have two years left on my contract and neither I nor my agents have spoken to the club.”
“They know I want to stay here for many more years and I can’t see myself playing in any other shirt than this one.”
Reports from Spain had suggested that the player’s representatives had met with the club, but were unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension for the team captain.
Ramos was then linked with a move away from the reigning Club World Cup and European champions this summer, with Premier League title chasers Chelsea and Manchester City the likeliest destinations for the Spanish defender. But following Ramos latest statement to the media it appears the centre-back has dispelled that speculation.
The Spain international joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2005 from Sevilla when he was only 19 years old – he was signed for a reported £20 million dollars, which was a record for a Spanish teenager.
Since then, Ramos has made over 300 appearances for the club, scoring 54 goals in all competitions. His 41 league goals leave him only five shy of Roberto Carlos (46 goals) who is currently in third-place on the list of La Liga’s all-time goalscoring defenders.
Since arriving in Madrid, the defender has helped Los Blancos win two Spanish Supercopas, two Copa del Reys, three La Liga titles, a FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup and a Champions League title.
Ramos has also been named La Liga’s best defender for the past three seasons, while also being selected to the UEFA Team of the Year four times and the FIFA/FIFPro World XI five times.
Programming note: Real Madrid vs. Sevilla will be shown LIVE on Wednesday afternoon starting at 2:40pm EST on beINSPORTS and DishWorld.
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