‘It should be easy for him to get a new contract, I always want him in my team’: Zinedine Zidane hopes for Sergio Ramos Real Madrid stay as talks over a new two-year deal hit a bump
- Sergio Ramos is eager to stay at Real Madrid but talks with the club have stalled
- The defender wants a two-year deal past his current one which expires in 2021
- The club have a policy of handing out one-year deals to players aged over 32
- But Zinedine Zidane says he is confident a deal will be struck easily with Ramos
Zinedine Zidane says he always wants Sergio Ramos in his team as talks over a new contract with the defender appear to be stalling.
The Real Madrid manager is keen to tie down the club veteran, 33, but discussions are said to be ‘complicated’.
Speaking to Spanish news outlet AS, Zidane said: ‘Sergio is our captain, our leader, our reference point and he plays better from the start, it’s not in anyone’s interest for him to be on the bench.
Zinedine Zidane has reassured Sergio Ramos he wants the defender to stay at the club
‘He is very important for every player in the team. It should be easy for him to get a new contract, I always want him in my team.’
The central defender is looking to secure a fresh two-year deal but the club are in no rush and will wait until the summer.
Zidane appears to be relaxed about the situation despite potential conflict over the fact that Real’s policy of only handing out one-year deals to players over the age of 32.
Ramos’ current deal with the club expires in 2021, when he will be 35.
The central defender is looking to secure a fresh two-year deal but the club are in no rush
The Spain international has always made clear his intention to finish his career with Real, where he has spent the last 15 years.
But given his high wage, only equalled by Gareth Bale at Real, the club may not indulge Ramos, despite Zidane’s wishes.
Ramos recently said his wage was not an issue and he would happily play for the Spanish club for free.
He said: ‘The wage does not matter to me. I would play for Real Madrid for free.
‘We have not talked about the economic issue. For me the relationship with a club is always about trust and an affection.’
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