Sometimes in football it’s possible to read far too much into something, but there was something very noticeable about Real Madrid’s kit launch video earlier today:
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) June 1, 2021
The whole premise behind the launch is getting fans to buy the shirt, so it’s generally accepted that you get your highest-profile players involved to promote the shirt.
At Real Madrid that has to be Sergio Ramos – he’s the captain, he’s their talisman and he’s also one of the most popular players at the club so his absence is extremely noticeable here.
Our colleagues at Football-Espana also picked up on this as his contract is expiring this summer, so it’s hard to see this as anything other than a clear sign that he will be gone this summer.
They suggest that Ramos still wants to stay but he wants a two-year deal, while it’s also possible that the incoming manager could influence things here, but this isn’t a great sign for those that want him to stay.