Dimitar Berbatov believes it is “never too late” for a player like Sergio Ramos to move to the Premier League, amid links with Manchester United.
Ramos has been one of the best defenders of the modern era, amassing countless major honours with Spain and Real Madrid.
However, he could be coming towards the end of his time at the Bernabeu. His contract with Madrid expires at the end of the season and there has been little progress surrounding an extension.
Madrid have been trying to lower their wage bill, but their captain still takes home a significant salary. Therefore, they may have to let him go in order to cut costs.
He could still sign a new deal, but reports have linked him with a move away. If he does leave, Ramos could even end up in the Premier League.
Manchester United have been touted as a potential suitor for the 34-year-old, as they still need leadership in defence. Ramos would provide plenty.
Some may be concerned about the long-term benefits of such a move, but former United striker Berbatov thinks Ramos has enough quality to be successful wherever he goes.
He told Betfair: “There has been a lot of speculation about the future of Sergio Ramos, according to reports both the player and club are yet to come to an agreement on a new contract. With Ramos 34 years old, they are probably fighting over a one-year or two-year contract.
“Thiago Silva, who is even older at 36 years old, has proven that it is never too late to move to the Premier League and so far it is working out well for the Brazilian.
“I’m sure if Ramos wanted to move to a club like United then it would work out well for him too. He’s in great shape, he’s still a world-class defender and in my opinion there’s still a lot of football left in him.”
Berbatov expects Ramos to stay
However, the Bulgarian admitted that staying with Real Madrid seems to be the more likely solution for Ramos.
The defender has been with the club for 15 years, making more than 600 appearances and even scoring 100 goals. And Berbatov thinks he could extend those numbers.
He added: “I see him as a Real Madrid player, however, and I think player and club will find a solution and he will stay.
“I’ll be surprised if he leaves, but if things don’t work out then I’m sure a lot of clubs will be interested in him.”