Real Madrid have been handed a huge boost with the news that Sergio Ramos has signed an new contract to keep him at the club.
The player has signed the deal behind closed doors, and is another player who has committed to the club – with Real aware that since the deal that saw Neymar leave for PSG, no player is un-touchable – and adding in huge release clauses to the deals means they are more likely to keep their star names with them.
That’s according to Marca, who claim the deal will run until June 2021, with an announcement thought to be coming in the next few days.
Ramos is of course currently on international duty with Spain, with his friendship or lack thereof with Gerard Pique under the spotlight following the Catalan referendum.
Both players have moved to claim their friendship is in tact, and their on the field relationship will not be affected by their differing views.
Ramos said: “Fans have the right to express their opinion. They are free in that regard.
“We have a great relationship, despite our different viewpoints and personalities. Mixing politics and sport is a mistake.
“As a Spaniard, I don’t like what’s happening, but let’s hope it all gets resolved quickly and we can get back to living in a free democracy and enjoying sports, which is what makes us all happy.”
“It’s true that this week hasn’t been easy for any of us because politics and sports got mixed.
“I’m Spain’s captain and I wanted to talk first with my coach and with Pique and stand aside of this, as I said before it would have been a mistake if we mixed both sports and politics because above everything we have a common goal that is the qualification for Russia World Cup and that’s the objective of the whole team,
“Gery (Gerard Pique) already said it the other day, we have a very good relationship despite our nature and the way that we think or feel, and not only with him but with the whole group, each one of us are different and we have the right to think and feel differently, if we stay all in the same boat and go in the same direction we shouldn’t have any problem.”