Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claims that Sergio Ramos is trying to negotiate a new deal with Real Madrid in wanting the press to know of his unhappiness at the Santiago Bernabeu.
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Reports over the weekend suggested that Manchester United were set to pounce on the rumoured misery of the 29-year-old, and were considering a swap deal involving David De Gea [via The Guardian]. According to radio journalist Joseba Larranaga, speaking to COPE, negotiations on a transfer to Old Trafford could be set to begin on Monday.
However, Balague believes that the emergence of Ramos’ alleged frustration with his treatment in the Spanish capital is all part of a wider plan by the player to negotiate a new and improved deal with the La Liga BBVA giants.
“All you need to know is 1) his buy-out clause is 200million euros, 2) more importantly, Real Madrid do not want to negotiate, do not want to sell their player, and 3) Sergio Ramos wants a new contract, it finishes in 2017, he feels he deserves better treatment than what he is getting. Financially at least,” Balague told Sky Sports. “I think this is just part of negotiations.
“Yes, Manchester United would like to have him of course, and yes, he has allowed for these stories to come out. Because he does want everybody to know he is not fully happy at Real Madrid.
“It would be a cheeky offer from Manchester United to ask for a swap [with David de Gea]. Real Madrid are hopeful they can get De Gea, even if Manchester United don’t seem to be negotiating at present.”
If the comments of Balague are true, this would certainly not be the first time – nor likely the last – that a player suggests their unhappiness in order to facilitate a financially improved new contract with their current club.
Wayne Rooney is a chief example. Copious reports claimed that the now-Old Trafford captain was unsettled in Manchester and felt aggrieved with his treatment at the end of the 2012-13 campaign. Rooney was said to feel he had little else to prove to the club after nine seasons [via Sky Sports]. Chelsea had more than one bid rejected for Rooney in the summer of 2013; however, in February 2014, the striker signed a new five-year contract worth £300,000 per-week [via BBC Sport].