After 16 years in the Spanish capital, the legendary center-back is heading to new pastures despite his willingness to continue.
Sergio Ramos has said he intends to accept Real Madrid’s offer of a one-year extension but has been told he is out of time.
The former Blancos captain will therefore leave the Santiago Bernabeu after 16 years of service in the famous white jersey.
The center-back will continue to play football at the highest level, but claims he has no idea which team he will represent next season.
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Speaking at his farewell press conference, Ramos said: “The first thing I want to say is that I never wanted to leave. I wanted to stay here. The club offered me the possibility of extending my contract, but because of the Covid, this offer has been put on hold “.
“The club gave me a one-year offer with a pay cut. I have to say there was no economic problem. I wanted two years and peace of mind for myself and my family.
“During the last talks, I accepted the one-year offer, but was informed that it was no longer possible, that it had an expiration date and that I had not heard of it. speak. The conditions have changed several times, on their part and on ours. “
“It got to a point where we had to make a decision but they never told me that the offer had an expiration date. It’s understandable but it surprised me that the offer had expired.”
Ramos leaves behind an incredible legacy in Madrid, the 35-year-old having won five La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey, four Supercopas de Espana, four Champions Leagues, three UEFA Super Cups and four Club World Cups . “I’m one of those people who likes to be defined by others,” Ramos added. “If I had to use one word it would be purity. I gave my soul to this club. That’s how I want to be remembered, as a person of integrity.”