Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos is yet to reach an agreement over a new contract as Los Blancos are reluctant to meet his demands.
The 33-year-old club captain, who is still under contract until 2021, remains one of the squad's most important players both on and off the pitch, while he has openly spoken about his desire to retire in Madrid.
Despite having entered the final 18 months of his current deal, AS note that Ramos is yet to be offered a new contract as club officials are unsure of whether they want to meet his demands of a two-year extension.
Real's club policy is only to offer one-year deals to players over 32 years old, and given Ramos will be 35 by the time his current contract expires, Real are wary of breaking from policy despite his importance to the team.
Another potential stumbling block is Ramos' wages. The centre-back earns around €14m-a-year, which is tied with Gareth Bale for the highest salary at the club, while Real are reportedly reluctant to commit that kind of money to a player who could soon start to decline.
Financial Fair Play restrictions mean Real are not prepared to simply throw money around anymore, and they are considering whether or not investing in Ramos' future would be a sensible investment.
According to AS' report, club officials still feel as though Ramos' contract is not an urgent issue. He is eager to spend the rest of his career at the Santiago Bernabéu, so Real believe they have plenty of time to try and strike an agreement.
Since joining from Sevilla in 2005, Ramos has managed 636 appearances in all competitions for Real, establishing himself as one of the finest centre-backs around in the process.
He has often been linked with a move away - most notably to Manchester United in 2015 following a previous contract stand-off - but he has always chosen to remain at Real.