Sergio Ramos still ‘holding out for a two-year contract extension’ at Real Madrid despite negotiations being deadlocked since January as defender considers his options
- Real Madrid would prefer to offer 35-year-old centre-back a one-year contract
- With the veteran’s deal expiring this summer it is looking more likely he could go
- The expected arrival of Bayern Munich’s David Alaba will bolster their backline
Sergio Ramos is reportedly still demanding a two-year contract extension with two months left on his current deal at Real Madrid.
The 35-year-old defender – whose deal expires this summer – is captain for the Spanish giants, but negotiations are said to have been locked in stalemate since January.
According to Marca, centre-back Ramos believes he deserves fresh terms until the summer of 2023 given his exemplary long-term service to the club, while the Spanish giants would prefer a one-year offer.
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is reportedly holding out for a two-year contract extension
Both parties are keen for a resolution to the standoff, but with the veteran’s deal at the Santiago Bernabeu ending this summer, it appears more and more likely his mammonth 16-season spell at the club is coming to an end.
The finances of the proposed deal are understood to be secondary to the security and longer-term stability of a two-year contract for Ramos, who has played 670 times in all competitions for Los Blancos, scoring 101 goals from defence.
However, he has only made 15 league appearances so far this season due to injury, and in his absence 23-year-old Brazilian Eder Militao has stepped up admirably, proving his suitability as a potential first-team replacement for Ramos.
Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane (above) could see the veteran centre half leave this summer
The expected arrival of Bayern Munich centre back David Alaba would further bolster their backline, potentially influencing the decision whether to keep the 180-cap Spain international.
Fellow defenders Raphael Varane and Nacho Fernandez see their deals expire in 2022, with Nacho likely to stay but Varane more likely to be sold given his apparent doubts about staying at the club.
Zinedine Zidane’s side travel to Chelsea for their Champions League semi-final second leg with the score locked at 1-1, before turning their attention to the tight LaLiga title race.
They currently lie second in the table, level on points with Barcelona and two points off leaders and city rivals Atletico Madrid.
Ramos missed the European semi-final first leg against Chelsea but will be fit for the return tie
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