Former midfielder Hamit Altintop is warning Real Madrid against relinquishing their experienced defender.
Real Madrid should do all they can to keep Sergio Ramos at the club, according to former midfielder Hamit Altintop.
Ramos, 35, will be out of contract at the end of this season and, as of yet, there has been no sign of extra time coming with the reigning Spanish champions.
Ramos spent nearly 16 years at the Santiago Bernabeu, making nearly 700 appearances for Los Blancos, but has been cited as a possible defector from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain given he is set to become a free player this summer. .
He is currently sidelined with a calf injury contracted on an international mission with Spain, and will be out of Saturday’s Clasico against Barcelona, as well as Real’s Champions League quarter-final second leg. in Liverpool on Wednesday.
Addressed exclusively to Goal, Altintop, who spent the 2011-12 campaign with Real from Bayern Munich, said: “Sergio Ramos is amazing. On and off the pitch. He knows the rules. He knows what it takes to get results, to win the biggest trophies. His experience is incredible. Few players spend 15 or 16 years. at Real Madrid. I have a lot of respect for him and he deserves everything; all the trophies, all the contracts, all the interests! Real Madrid will be sadly missed if he leaves “.
“Real must start preparing for the future”
Ramos’ importance to Zinedine Zidane’s side remains intact, despite the weight of age. He is the club’s captain and has made 20 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring four times in the process.
But after winning four Champions League trophies in five seasons between 2013 and 2018, the Spanish giants had to start building a new, younger squad. Cristiano Ronaldo left in 2018, Gareth Bale was loaned to Tottenham last summer, while Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema are all in their 30s.
The future could be built around Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Marco Asensio. “It’s really difficult”, Altintop said. “These names are not just good players, they are leaders, characters. If you are looking for this type of player in the market it is almost impossible to find them, and if you find them then they are really expensive! These names – Ramos, Benzema, Modric, Kroos, Marcelo, [Iker] Casillas, Ronaldo – are the team. They can make a difference on and off the pitch too. They can give the right messages through the media, they can help build the team, they can reassure board members and people at the top of the club. But on the other hand, it’s a new opportunity for Real Madrid to release the pressure a bit and build a new squad, with new young players, over the next year or two. They spent a lot of money on new players, they developed and educated them, and now these guys have to be pushed. All great players have an end. When that happens, you need to focus on the future, on the next generation. This goes for all teams. “