The Neymar affect & Real Madrid
Neymar’s move from Barcelona to PSG in the summer seems to have been a major trigger for Real Madrid.
Real Madrid have been busy with a significant amount of housekeeping over the past month or so.
Much of that housekeeping seems to be a reaction to what happened to Neymar in the summer.
Barcelona were caught out cold as the Brazilian up sticks and joined PSG in the summer.
PSG met Neymar’s 222 million euro price tag – something which Barcelona never saw coming.
Neymar’s move to Ligue 1 set off alarm bells at Real, who have quickly moved to lock down their stars to new deals.
In the past month, a group of Madrid’s best players have agreed new contracts. Those contracts have significantly raised the players release clauses.
Karim Benzema now has a €1 billion exit clause, while suitors will have to stump up €700m to get either Isco or Marco Asensio out of their deals.
A full summary of Real Madrid’s recent contract extensions are below.
Sergio Ramos to sign on
On Saturday, leading Spanish paper Marca have reported that Sergio Ramos has agreed a new deal with Los Blancos.
The 31-year-old Spanish centre-half is currently under contract until 2020.
But, like many of his team mates, he’s reportedly poised to extend his deal to commit his future to Madrid.
Marca claim Sergio Ramos has agreed to extend his contract with Real Madrid until 2021.
One suspects that the purpose of the deal, aside from keeping Ramos at the Santiago Bernabeu, will be to significantly up his release clause.
Unfortunately Marca fail to state how much that clause will be.
Marca do say, however, that the Ramos deal has already been wrapped up, and the announcement will be made in the coming days.
The newspaper also explains that Ramos will join Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale “on the podium of Madrid’s best-paid players” once his new contract is sealed.