Sergio Ramos has ruled out two destinations after revealing he “never wanted to leave Real Madrid”.
The 35-year-old will wave goodbye to Los Blancos at the end of the month. The LaLiga club announced on Wednesday evening that he would leave his contract on June 30.
It will bring the curtain down on a 16-year career in the Spanish capital, which has yielded five LaLiga titles and four Champions League crowns. He was also a member of Spain’s winning teams at Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.
Ramos broke down in tears during a farewell ceremony on Thursday.
“I never wanted to leave Real Madrid, I always wanted to stay here,” Ramos said via ESPN. “In the last few months the club made me an offer of one year, with a pay cut. I want to highlight that money has never been a problem, the president knows that.
“It wasn’t a financial problem. They offered me one year, I wanted two. I wanted calm and continuity for my family… In the latest conversations, I accepted the offer with a pay cut, and I was told there was no longer an offer.
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“I was told that despite having given the OK to the proposal, it had an expiry date and I didn’t realise… It surprised me.”
Ramos claimed he was unaware Real’s offer was effectively an ultimatum.
“They’re private meetings that I want to keep private out of respect for the club, the president and myself,” added Ramos. “But it’s true that it was communicated to me just a week ago, via my agent, that the offer had expired without us knowing.
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“Nobody had given us an ultimatum… I thought there was a possibility to accept the last offer they had put on the table… They’re questions I can’t answer. The club has its priorities.”
Despite Ramos’ obvious anger, he said he remains “eternally grateful” to president Florentino Perez.
“I’ll focus on the affection and the last hug he gave me today,” he said. “I’m not someone who holds onto resentment. Misunderstandings can stay in the past, I’ll focus on the good things.”
“Today isn’t an easy day,” Perez said earlier. “You’ve been someone very special for me and we’ve suffered and fought together for Real Madrid’s recent history. Above all, I want you to be happy wherever you are… We’re convinced that a legend like you will always be a great ambassador for Real Madrid.
Ramos rules out LaLiga moves
Asked about where his future by lie, Ramos ruled out a move to Barcelona and his old club Sevilla.
“I haven’t thought about any team at the moment,” Ramos said. “It’s true that since January, when I was free and on the market for contractual reasons, we’ve had calls to my brother from interested clubs, but at no time I’ve thought about leaving. Now we’ll look at a good option for me.
“Sevilla is the other club of my heart but right now I’m not considering that option and Sevilla aren’t considering it either. As for Barca, it’s a rotund no. It’s impossible to see Ramos in a Barca shirt.”
AS and ESPN have reported that Man City are leading the chase for Ramos. With the latter claiming City officials have been considering a two-year contract offer, although several other clubs are also interested.
One of those other clubs are Manchester United, while Paris Saint-Germain are also a contender. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be looking for a partner for Harry Maguire.