The news left many speechless. Sixteen years after joining Real Madrid from Sevilla, the now 35-year-old defender has not been extended by Casa Blanca. Hard news for all Merengues lovers. This afternoon, Florentino Pérez had all the same held to organize a farewell ceremony in honor of his captain. An event rich in emotion. But Ramos was eagerly awaited by journalists since a press conference was announced just after the commemorative act. The opportunity for SR4 to finally tell its truths about this interminable soap opera.
“A lot of things have happened, things in life. What I would like to say is that I never wanted to leave Real Madrid, I wanted to continue. When we won La Liga after confinement, Real offered me to extend, but because of the Covid-19, things dragged on. In recent months, the club made me a one-year offer with a pay cut. I want to be clear: money was not an issue. I wanted two years, it was never a question of money, the president knows that. During the last discussions, I accept the offer with a pay cut, but I am told that the offer no longer exists. I was told there was a deadline, it’s the truth ”, he said, before adding.
Not aware of this deadline
“No one told me there was a deadline. I understand that this is part of a negotiation. And when I accept the offer, I am told that there is a deadline. OK, I understand but I was surprised. (…) I do not know. I cannot answer you. Why did this offer have a deadline? I understand that offers evolve over time and that there is negotiation, but I have not been told anything about this deadline. (…) But I do not hold any resentment. It’s a goodbye, not a farewell. (…) No player is above the club. The club must know how to manage that, I don’t know what its priorities are. “
Surprised and probably disappointed by this secret deadline, Ramos did not want to leave on bad terms with the Casa Blanca. Proof of this, he also made laudatory remarks towards his president while the Spanish press often spoke of complicated relations between the two men. “I just explained the situation to you. I accepted the offer, they considered that there was a deadline. But I’m proud of this 16-year alliance, we’ve won a lot, I keep that in mind. (…) My relationship with the president has always been extraordinary, a father-son relationship. This is the person who made me live this dream. I’m not going to make a statement against him. I can assure you that I will keep this as a souvenir. Misunderstandings are a thing of the past. I don’t want any confrontation, I’m just telling the truth ”, he concluded, before recalling that: “Ramos will be back, let no one doubt it.” “