After 16 years in the Spanish capital, the legendary centre-back is heading for pastures new despite wanting to continue with Los Blancos.
Sergio Ramos has said that he intended to accept Real Madrid's offer of a one-year extension but was told that he had run out of time to accept it.
The former Blancos captain will, as a result, leave the Santiago Bernabeu after 16 years of service in the famous white shirt.
The centre-back will continue to play football at the highest level, but claims that he does not know which team he will represent next season.
What did Ramos say about the extension?
Speaking at a press conference, Ramos said: “ 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 of extending my contract, but because of covid it was put on the back burner.
“Then club made me a one-year offer with a salary reduction. I have to say that there was no economic problem. I wanted two years and peace of mind for me and my family.
“During the last talks, I accepted the one-year offer, but I was informed that it was no longer possible, that it had an expiration date and that I had not heard about it.”
He added on the specifics of the contract: The conditions have changed several times, on their part and on ours.
“It got to a point where we had to make a decision but they never told me that the offer had an expiry date. It's understandable but it surprised me, that the offer had expired.”
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