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Sergio Ramos 'to leave' Real Madrid after contract talks end

Tom Gott
Sergio Ramos' time at Real Madrid could be drawing to an end
Sergio Ramos' time at Real Madrid could be drawing to an end / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Centre-back Sergio Ramos is set to walk away from Real Madrid this summer after refusing to budge on his demands over a new contract.

The 35-year-old's current deal will run out this summer and Real had offered him the chance to sign a new one-year deal with the same salary cut as the rest of the squad had accepted, but Ramos refused and instead pushed for a two-year deal on the same wage as before.

Real stretched to an offer which included the option for a second year, but talks stalled pretty quickly and all the signs suggested that Ramos' time at the Santiago Bernabeu was up.

Now, Cope have stated that Ramos will definitely walk away this summer, bringing an end to his 16-year association with Los Blancos.

Both Ramos and Real had wanted to find an agreement over a new deal to keep the legendary defender at the club until the renovation of the Bernabeu is completed in 2023, but Ramos' refusal to agree to a wage cut looks to have sealed his fate.

Sergio Ramos
Ramos refused to agree to a pay cut / James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Real have asked every player to agree to a slight salary cut in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, which helped highlight just how atrocious their spending has been over the past few seasons, but Ramos felt he deserved to stay on his current wage - particularly when utility man Lucas Vazquez has been handed a pay rise.

Vazquez is approaching the end of his own contract and rejected multiple offers in search of a pay rise, and just when all hope seemed lost, Real swooped in with the terms he was looking for and are finalising an agreement to keep the versatile winger around.

On top of dealing with these contracts, Real must find themselves a new manager to replace the departed Zinedine Zidane.

Zinedine Zidane
Zidane walked away from Real / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

The belief is that Real have ruled out the idea of hiring either Antonio Conte or Raul Gonzalez, and their dream of appointing PSG's Mauricio Pochettino is hanging in the balance as the French side are reluctant to lose their boss.

The search net has been widened and one man now in the frame is Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, who has also held talks with Barcelona about replacing Ronald Koeman.

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