The Spain international has been heavily linked with a move away from the Merengues this summer, and has been tipped for a switch to Old Trafford [Daily Star].
The player is understood to have reached a contract impasse with the Spanish giants [Daily Mail], and has reportedly been taking English lessons ahead of a possible move to join the Red Devils [Independent].
However, speaking in a press conference during Real’s pre-season tour of Australia, Benitez has categorically confirmed that the 29-year-old will not be leaving the club this summer.
“For me, it’s 100% yes,” he began, as reported by Le 10 Sport.
“I insist, it’s clear for myself and for the club that Sergio will be here,” he continued.
“Football is a curious world, but Sergio will stay. I have a lot of respect for Louis van Gaal, but Sergio will stay with us. He’s our player, our captain.
“I’d love to see him with us at the beginning of the season,” the coach continued, “because he’s a key player for the team.”
Should Ramos—who has scored 10 goals in 128 appearances for the Blancos—stay at the Bernabeu, then United may press on with one of their other transfer targets.
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It remains to be seen whether United could yet use Real’s interest in David De Gea as leverage to tempt Real to reconsider their position on Ramos [Daily Star].