11/06/2021; 1:39 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Sergio Ramos has been the pillar of Real Madrid's defence and has led the club to countless trophies and titles ever since he joined them in 2005. However, the defender is now 35 years old, and his Real Madrid contract is expiring this month. And information about a new Real Madrid deal has been ominously scarce recently.
The stumbling block seems to be the length of the contract. Sergio Ramos is reported to want a longer deal, while president Perez is only prepared to offer him a shorter one, which is understandable considering the defender's age and his increasing number of injuries.
And Real Madrid's hesitance could soon turn into an opportunity for one of their rivals. According to an El Primer Palo report, which is also cited in the Daily Mail, Ramos' old club, Sevilla, are interested to resign their former star.
The Andalusian club is ready to offer Ramos an astonishing five-year deal that would see him play professional football until he is 40. To sweeten the deal even further, Sevilla are reportedly ready to give Ramos a coaching staff role or other non-playing position after he hangs his boots.
Ramos left Sevilla 15 years ago to join Real Madrid. At the time, Ramos was the sixth most expensive signing for the Los Blancos in their history. Real Madrid used the money they got from selling Michael Owen to fund a last-minute €27 million deal for the young Sevilla defender back then.
The interesting thing is that Real Madrid paid the buy-out clause that Ramos had in his Sevilla contract to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu, but didn't leave time for the Andalusian outfit to find a replacement. In fact, Sergio Ramos' brother deposited the money in the late hours on August 31 2005, only 10 minutes before the transfer window closed for Spanish clubs.
That late move left a lot of Sevilla supporters feeling angry towards Ramos and the way he left, so it would be interesting to see how they would react if he rejoins the club. Some of them might still hold a grudge, but chances are that most Sevilla fans will accept their former defender, especially as he would be the leader that their young but talented defensive set-up needs.
For Ramos, on the other hand, an emotional return to the club that launched him to stardom might also make sense. He is unlikely to get a three-year deal with the Los Blancos let alone a five-year one.
Ramos has spent a large part of last season on the Real Madrid bench and has been surprisingly left out from the Spanish national team for Euro 2020. Playing regularly for Sevilla in both La Liga and the Champions League (provided he stays injury-free) would give him the chance to prove Luis Enrique wrong for leaving him out, but would also give him a new challenge, something crucial at his age.
With only a few weeks of Ramos' Real Madrid contract remaining, we will soon find out whether Real Madrid really want to keep their captain and whether they are ready to offer him a better deal than the rumoured Sevilla one.
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