First it was Lionel Messi, and now it’s Sergio Ramos alongside together with his future in question.
Ramos is ready to return from a left knee harm that has sidelined him since mid-January, nonetheless his dedication to Real Madrid is simply not assured alongside together with his contract set to expire on July 1.
Negotiations between the central defender and the membership are apparently going nowhere.
“I would like to be able, as of today, to say something, but there is nothing new to mention,” Ramos said this week.
In 16 seasons with Madrid, Ramos has helped the membership win 4 Champions League titles, 5 Spanish leagues and two Copa del Reys, with every his hardnose defending and some properly timed goals.
For numerous years, Ramos has remained certainly one of many excessive central defenders in Europe and Madrid’s on-field chief. Karim Benzema has carried the scoring weight as a result of the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo, nonetheless Ramos was the participant to step forward as a result of the undisputed group whip.
Although no particulars of his talks with Madrid have emerged, plainly Ramos is seeking a long-term contract that the membership might be not eager to supply to anyone who’s 34 years outdated.
“We are judged by our age, but I have always said that I feel like I am in my prime,” Ramos instructed customary Spanish social media persona Ibai Llanos in an interview on Thursday. “You shouldn’t be judged by what’s in your ID card, moderately by your efficiency. Let them choose Cristiano, Messi, … and me by how we play.
“Soccer has progressed as far as fitness goes. There are players like myself who have been focusing more on fitness for the past decade. Today 34 years old is like being 28 years old 10 years ago,” Ramos said. “Now all the work we put in is paying off. I feel stronger, faster, and with more experience.”
Ramos missed 14 straight video video games for Madrid on account of damage to his left knee meniscus that required surgical process in February.
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said Friday that every Ramos and forward Eden Hazard, who has missed seven consecutive video video games alongside together with his latest muscle harm, will every be capable to play in opposition to Elche on Saturday. Madrid is in third place throughout the Spanish league, eight components behind chief Atlético Madrid and two behind Barcelona.
Madrid then hosts Atalanta throughout the Champions League on Tuesday holding a 1-0 profit from the first leg throughout the spherical of 16.
When requested about his excessive defender, Zidane said that whereas not desirous to get entangled in Ramos’ negotiations with the membership, he most really wished to take care of him on his squad.
“I don’t know what will happen, but we want Sergio to stay,” Zidane said. “He is an important player, and as his coach, I want him with us.”
So whereas Barcelona is hoping Messi will resign this summer season season, Madrid moreover has some anxious months ahead.