Sergio Ramos set to leave Real Madrid after 16 years

Sergio Ramos has decided to leave Real Madrid when his contract expires at the end of the month. The Spaniard will be leaving the club after arriving from Sevilla for a big-money deal 16 years ago. Ramas was reportedly in contract negotiations with Real Madrid in the past few weeks, but the Spanish club eventually announced his departure late on Thursday night. Real Madrid has called a press conference on Thursday to bid farewell to Ramos

Carlo Ancelotti reportedly tried to convince him to stay but the player wants to start a new journey somewhere else and does not see his future at Real Madrid. The Italian manager had worked with Ramos during his first stint at the club in 2014.

Ramos has been a regular player for Blancos since arriving from Sevilla in 2005 for €27 million. During his time at Real Madrid, Ramos has won five La Liga and four Champions League titles. He has been a key figure for the Spanish club’s success over the year. Along with his playing ability, Ramos has been a tremendous leader for the club.

In his last season in Madrid, Sergio Ramos had a difficult time with injuries. He only managed 15 appearances in La Liga as Real Madrid lost the title to city rivals Atletico Madrid on the final day of the window. The Spanish club went trophyless after a long time as speculation surrounding the future of Ramos continued throughout the second half of the season.

The Spanish international reportedly wanted a longer contract with current wages, but Real Madrid was proposing a shorter contract with a wage cut. He reportedly earns a weekly wage of £338,000 and his yearly salary is a whopping £17.5 million. Ramos will be looking to get a similar wage packet at his next club. English clubs and Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested in signing Ramos.

After a difficult season with injuries, Sergio Ramos also failed to make it into Luis Enrique’s 24-man Spanish squad for the Euro 2020. The Spaniard will be looking to get back to his best next season and make sure that he features for his country in the 2022 World Cup.

Real Madrid has already completed the signing of  David Alaba from Bayern Munich on a free transfer. The Austrian defender will bring experience that the club will be losing after the departure of Ramos. Meanwhile, Real Madrid may try to keep Raphael Varane after the departure of Ramos.

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