Real Madrid news: Florentino Perez discusses Sergio Ramos' possible exit among other topics
What's the story?
Last night, one of the guests on the El Transistor program was Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. On the show, he discussed Cristiano Ronaldo leaving for Juventus, rumours surrounding Sergio Ramos' possible departure and Zinedine Zidane's exit last year.
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Real Madrid and Perez have faced constant backlash from the fans and media this season, mostly due to their poor league finish, their inability to win El Clasico, their Champions League exit against Ajax, and their inability to adapt post-Ronaldo.
Apart from these, rumours have been agog every footballing platform about a potential Ramos exit. The reasons for his alleged decision to leave are not certain, but it is believed that he had a serious clash with Perez.
The heart of the matter
Speaking about Ronaldo's departure from the Santiago Bernabeu to join Juventus last summer, Perez explained:
"Cristiano was a model professional and never caused any problems. He's the best player I've ever signed. My relationship with him was always perfect and there was never any problems about money with him.
"He wanted a change and to improve his contract and he managed to do that with Juventus. It was a good outcome for everyone."
Discussing Zidane's exit that shocked the footballing world after guiding Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title, Perez said:
“He left because he was worn out - the same as the squad. Everyone dropped their level except Benzema. Zidane was under a lot of pressure, because we hadn't done well in La Liga. He called me and came to see me in my office. He had already decided that he needed a break.”
He also spoke on Ramos' possible exit,
"They came to see me in my office. They mentioned that he might leave but without a transfer fee because transfer fees in China are very complicated. I told him that he can't leave and that we would be speaking to the Chinese club interested in signing him. It's impossible to let your captain leave for free, that would be setting a bad precedent."
Perez and Real Madrid will be looking to have a successful summer transfer window which would enable Los Blancos to challenge on all fronts next season.