The agent of Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has admitted that his client is open to finishing his career away from the Bernabeu, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea having previously been linked with the player.
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The World Cup-winning star still has two years to run on his existing contract with Real, but as of yet, talks have not been forthcoming concerning an extension, according to the Express.
Speaking to Radio Marca [via the Express], the player’s brother and agent Rene has indicated that while the 29-year-old is not looking for a move away from the Spanish capital this summer, it is something he is considering for later in his career.
“For now, he still has two years of contract,” the agent began, “we await the call of the club. Real has not called me.
“For now, there is no talks, there is no need to invent things,” he continued, “for now, he will not leave Real Madrid. He feels loved by Florentino [Perez, Real chairman] and fans. There are also critics.”
The player representative went on, however, to indicate that the defender has considered moving to another club before he retires.
“It is still too young to think about retirement,” he continued, “that time will come and he will choose when to retire.
“Perhaps it is best if he doesn’t finish at Real Madrid or [former club] Sevilla, but at another club. We never know.
“Football is changing so fast, you must enjoy the moment.”
Ramos’s comments appear to open the door to United or Chelsea in the future, both of whom have been tipped to move for the player in the past.
Back in January, Jose Mourinho’s side made contact with the player’s agent ahead of a potential move, according to the Express, with the Pensioners looking to make the first move in light of reported interest from their Premier League rivals.
The report also indicated that Ramos had previously snubbed a contract offer at Real which would have seen his deal extended beyond 2017.
While Ramos was a key man for the Merengues last season under Carlo Ancelotti, featuring 27 times and scoring four goals in La Liga, it remains to be seen whether Rafael Benitez will opt to keep faith with the former Sevilla man.
Ramos also featured eight times for the club in the Champions League, but was unable to help the 10-time European Cup winners avoid semi-final elimination at the hands of Juventus.
Should Chelsea, United or Arsenal sign the player in the future, they will be acquiring one of the most decorated players in world football.
As well as the 2014 Champions League, he has also won three La Liga titles, the Copa del Rey twice, two Spanish Super Cups, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
He won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, and the European Championships twice—in 2008 and 2012.