Sergio Ramos is no longer a Real Madrid player. This was officially announced by the Royal Club, and a press conference will be held today at 12.30. The experienced defender has two weeks left until the official expiration of the current contract, but the final decision has already been made - parting after an incredible 16 seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The reasons for the parting are clear. Real Madrid offered their captain only a year of cooperation, with a 10% reduction in income, while Ramos demanded that the contract be signed for at least two years. However, they did not want to accept that in Madrid.
Tomorrow's press conference will be held at the Valdebebas Sports Center, home to all the younger categories of the Royal Club, which is still called La Fabrica. From Real, they said that President Florentino Perez will also attend the act.
Sergio Ramos arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu on the last day of August 2005. In a full 16 years at the Madrid club, he played 671 official matches, scored 101 goals, set up 40, and won as many as 22 trophies.
He was the European champion with the Royal Club four times and the same number of times he was crowned with the world club cup crown.
There are also five Spanish championship titles, ie two Copa del Rey's. He spent an incredible 62,830 minutes on the field. Ramos came from Sevilla to Real for a record when it comes to Spanish defenders of 27,000,000 euros.
He took number four from the legendary captain Fernando Hierro. Today, he is the fourth player in history with the most championship games in the Real Madrid jersey (469 games) and the second in the number of trophies won (22).
What Real Madrid did not use, another European club will use. Ramos is the target of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, and his former club Sevilla is also in the game, which offered him a five-year contract, a salary of 7,000,000 euros, and the role in the club at the end of his career.
Most are amazed by Real Madrid's approach to their captain and believe that Ramos deserved the contract he wanted. However, Real do not share the same opinion and believe that Ramos does not deserve what he wanted at this age. And Real Madrid will now be looking for a new central defender. It will be interesting to find out who their target is