The Spanish international ended speculation over a potential transfer to Old Trafford as his decision to sign a new five-year-deal at the Santiago Bernabeu was made official on Monday morning.
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At one point during the summer transfer window it appeared as if Ramos was to leave last season’s runners-up in Spain and join the Red Devils, as it was reported by various media outlets including Independent Sport that the 29-year-old had begun taking English lessons.
It was also confirmed by Sky Sports that United had launched a £28.6million bid for the defender, however, the new Los Blancos captain will remain in Spain for the new season and insists money was never a major factor in his decision to stay:
“Honestly, if it was an economic decision, I wouldn’t have stayed,” he said [via Standard Sport].
“I could have earned more elsewhere.”
“That never motivated me – happiness and family motivated me. I never said I wanted to leave, my idea was always to be here. I wanted to retire here if the president allowed me,” Ramos added.
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Ramos will now likely lead out the team for their opening game of the new La Liga season against newly promoted Sporting Gijon on Sunday evening.
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