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Sergio Ramos clashes with Real Madrid over Kylian Mbappe interest

Tom Gott
Sergio Ramos is set to leave Real Madrid
Sergio Ramos is set to leave Real Madrid / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos left club officials furious by urging team-mates to reject proposed salary cuts over concerns that the money would all be given to Kylian Mbappe if he joins from PSG.

Ramos has entered the final month of his contract and is now expected to walk away from the Santiago Bernabeu after failing to agree on an extension, with his refusal to take a pay cut a large part of the problem.

Real have asked every player in their squad to agree to a 10% pay cut this summer in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Veteran midfielder Luka Modric agreed, but Ramos dug his heels in and refused to see his salary slashed.

That's an obvious issue when it comes to negotiations, but Onda Cero claim that the biggest problem was Ramos' attempts to get the entire dressing room to join him in refusing that pay cut.

The 35-year-old warned his team-mates that Real's intentions for the wage cuts were not as pure as they claimed, arguing that all the money sacrificed by the players would simply line the pockets of Mbappe, rather than help the club stay afloat.

Kylian Mbappe
Ramos felt the players would be paying for Mbappe / John Berry/Getty Images

Mbappe is expected to cost in excess of £100m if he does join from PSG, while his salary demands would likely see him fly to the top of Real's wage charts. Ramos did not agree with the club's methods of raising that money.

In an attempt to justify his plot to form the Super League, club president Florentino Perez has warned that football as we know it is close to collapse because of a lack of money, which is why he has asked the squad to take a pay cut.

While begging for help, Perez has simultaneously signed off on a £400,000-a-week contract for David Alaba and is putting together a mammoth offer for Mbappe - but it appears as though Ramos has had enough.

Sergio Ramos
Ramos took a stand against Perez / James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Ramos faced criticism from some fans for his refusal to slash his wages, but if this reasoning is true, it's actually quite a noble stance from the centre-back.

Perez's insistence that Real are desperate for money has been laughed off by most across Europe, and it seems that the legendary Spaniard isn't having any of it either.

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