Sergio Ramos on Thursday said “goodbye” to Real Madrid after 16 seasons with the club at an online press conference.
Ramos appeared the day after the club ended months of speculation about his future when he announced on his website that the 35-year-old captain would be leaving after 671 first-team appearances, when his contract expires in late June.
“The first thing I want to say is that I never wanted to leave. I wanted to stay here. The club offered me the possibility to extend my contract, but due to COVID-19 it was overshadowed, “he said, explaining that the terms of the deal he was offered have been changed.
“Then the club made me an offer of a year with a salary cut,” said Ramos, who said the problem with that offer wasn’t economic.
“I wanted a two-year contract and peace of mind for me and my family. During the last few interviews I accepted the offer of one year, but I was informed that it was no longer possible, that it had an expiration date, which I had not been told about ”.
“We got to a point where we had to make a decision, but they never told me the offer had an expiration date. It’s understandable but it surprised me, “Ramos said.
Despite the disagreement, Ramos said his relationship with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was like “father and son”, although he added that “there are also quarrels in families”.
When asked about his future, Ramos replied that it would be “impossible” for him to play for FC Barcelona, but admitted that Sevilla, where his career began, was in his heart. However, he said he had “nothing on the table”.
“We have never thought of any other club. Since January, when I have been on the market, we have received a few calls. But we never thought about leaving Madrid. From here we will look for a good option for me, “he added.
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