While the rumour mill has heavily filled our minds with the prospect of one of Europe’s most decorated defenders, Sergio Ramos, sealing a move to Manchester United over the past few weeks – the deal never seemed likely.
There was always the sad reality that the Spaniard was simply engaging in mind games to earn a new and improved deal at Real Madrid.
And he has got his way.
Madrid-based paper Marca claim that Ramos has been offered a new deal by Real president Florentino Perez, but insist that the player did not mislead the Red Devils in their pursuit of his signature this summer.
Marca report that both he and his agent Rene (also his brother) have repeatedly been open in their demands to the La Liga BBVA giants, and his desire has always been to commit his future to Los Blancos.
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However, interestingly, they say that his want for an improved contract was not centred upon money.
United tabled €12m per-season after tax for Ramos to make the move to Manchester; however, he is set to put pen-to-paper on a deal worth €10m per-season.
It seems, therefore, that all the 29-year-old needed in the Spanish capital was a reminder of how important he is to the club.
With a new deal offered, his ego should now be on the mend.