The former Real Madrid coach and sporting director believes the departure of the 35-year-old center-back has become inevitable.
It’s almost hard to believe, as he was one of the staples of this club, but Sergio Ramos will no longer wear the colors of Real Madrid next season. After sixteen years of loyal service, the center-back and White House captain was forced to say goodbye to his club at heart.
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For several months, negotiations for a possible contract extension had become more complicated. To the point of not succeeding, therefore. On Friday, Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, wished him good luck, struggling to restrain his emotion. “It’s not an easy day because you are special to me. I wish you happiness and I want you to know that this will always be your home (…) Sixteen years have passed and you have had the one of the most spectacular careers in the history of our club. You were almost a child and I am extremely proud of what you have accomplished “, thus confided the Spanish leader, who was nevertheless very firm in this file.
“Impossible to say goodbye to a legend in a healthy way”
Indeed, according to Jorge Valdano, former coach and sporting director of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez was playing his reputation in these negotiations. “Florentino Perez knows that with each negotiation, he plays his credibility for the future, and he has shown it again. It is his way of managing the club. Florentino is smart, he knows where the risk is and where is the opportunity… When something interests him he can be very generous, but when he stands up, he stands up. On this point, he is not laughing “, he said, on Onda Cero.
According to him, nothing has gone in the direction of Sergio Ramos in recent months, making it impossible to extend his contract. “Everything that happened in the last six months was against Ramos. The injuries, the signing of Alaba, the level of Militao… All of this weakened his position in the negotiations.”, said Jorge Valdano.
“Ramos is 35 years old. If he leaves too late, it could affect his prestige. If he leaves too early, it will leave the impression that his departure is too abrupt. It’s almost impossible to say goodbye to a legend. in a healthy way. The best way to do it is what happened on Thursday “, finally entrusted the Argentinian. A page turns in Madrid.