Real Madrid are understood to be relaxed about extending Sergio Ramos' contract at the club, but are yet to reach a compromise with their captain - who is pushing for a new two-year deal at the Bernabeu.
Ramos has made more than 650 appearances for Los Blancos since joining from Sevilla in 2005, and though he is now 34, his influence over the side only seems to be increasing. He has failed to complete 90 minutes just twice this season - incidentally in Real's only two defeats of the campaign so far.
He was a virtual ever-present as they reclaimed La Liga from Barcelona last season, but his contract expires next summer and no agreement has yet been reached over an extension. That's something both parties want to remedy, according to AS, who report that neither the club or player want their 16-year association to end in 2021.
Both parties are said to be relaxed about negotiations, feeling an agreement will be reached sooner rather than later. The key sticking point is Real's policy of only offering one-year deals to players over 30 - Ramos and his camp are pushing for a two-year extension.
Ramos also wants a small increase on his salary, despite being the club's top earner by a distance at present, taking home €15m per year. But neither of these factors will likely lead to a breakdown in negotiations; the relationship between club and player is good, and it's claimed that Ramos will likely yield to the club's demands if they refuse to budge in the weeks and months ahead.
President Florentino Perez told AS in May: "Ramos will finish his career at Madrid. Even if they talk about it, it will not change, let everyone be calm. He is more than a captain. He has led the team with enormous leadership."