Sergio Ramos signs new Real Madrid contract snubbing Manchester United
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has signed a new contract with the Galacticos that keeps him at the club till 2020.
Ramos, who was perpetually linked with Manchester United this season, has also now been made club captain and signed the contract along with Real President, Florentino Pérez. The 29 year old World Cup winner insisted that – even through the thick of the rumours – that he never wanted to leave the Spanish capital.
“My idea was to always be here and I always wanted to retire here if the president would allow it, and I’m thankful I have a new challenge to be the captain of this team. The priority is always Real Madrid, keeping our fans happy and winning titles," he said.
“I’m being honest I never said I wanted to leave, I was quiet. I never said anything out of respect for my team-mates and the president, I never rang the office to ask for more money. I’m just very happy that I have renewed and I want to stay here for the rest of my career," he added.
"Nothing to do with money"
Manchester United were looking to lure the defender to England with a contract that would've paid the Spaniard a lot more money than he's earning at the Bernabeu but Ramos insists that it was never about the money for him.
“Honestly, if it was an economic decision I wouldn’t have stayed,” he said. “It wasn’t a question of money. There were personal and professional things that I needed to organise and that is all sorted.
“It is reality that I wasn’t happy in certain ways. I never said I wanted to leave but I spoke to the people I needed to speak to and couldn’t continue how I was. Those personal things were nothing to do with money.
“The economic situation, the president and I solved that in five minutes. There were other things to talk about – past, present and future. Now everything is cleared up I’m excited to get everyone together to try to win. Everything is cleared up now, I’m very happy to be here.”
Real Madrid kickstart their season next week when they travel to Sporting Gijon. With Rafael Benitez insisting that none of his top players will be leaving, tying down Ramos to a new long-term contract is the best piece of business he's done this summer.