Sergio Ramos is set to hold talks with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez in China as the La Liga giants desperately attempt to keep hold of its star defender.
The Spanish international has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks, and while it is understood he remains keen on a move to the Premier League, The Guardian reports Perez will tell Ramos he has no intention of selling him.
Ramos is believed to have told Real Madrid of his intention to join the Red Devils despite having two years remaining on his current deal with the club.
The Guardian reports Real Madrid may offer the 29-year-old a new-and-improved deal to keep him at the Bernabeu, and manager Rafael Benitez on Thursday claimed he was “100 per cent” certain Ramos would remain at the club.
“Sergio Ramos is our player and is a key player for us. I would like to see him at the beginning of the season playing for us,” Benitez is quoted as saying by Daily Star.
“I think he will be crucial for us this season.
“I am 100 per cent. I insist it’s clear for me and for the club that Sergio will be here.
“I have a lot of respect for Louis van Gaal and football is a curious world, but Sergio Ramos will stay with us.”
With five weeks remaining until transfer deadline day, there is every chance the transfer saga could drag on as Ramos continues to push for a move to the Premier League.
Regardless, it seems a win-win situation for Ramos as it is likely he will be handed an improved contract by Real Madrid should he not be sold to United.
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