Sergio Ramos is going to leave Real Madrid after 16 years but he is still going to play football at the highest level.
has said that although he wanted to acceptReal Madrid
’s offer of a one-year extension, he was told that he had run out of time to accept it and therefore, he is going to leave the Santiago Bernabeu after 16 years.
The former Blancos captain still will play football at the highest level but he does not yet know at which club, according toGoal
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.”
The 35-year-old has won five La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey, four Supercopas de Espana, four Champions Leagues, three UEFA Super Cups, and four Club World Cups during his time at Real Madrid.
“I'm one of those people who likes to be defined by others,” he said. “If I had to use one word it would be purity. I have given my soul to this club. That's how I want to be remembered, as a person of integrity.”
Although there was a breakdown in communication over a contract extension, Ramos has insisted that he harbors no ill will towards club president Florentino Perez.
“My relationship with the president has always been good,” he said. “Like a father and son in sporting terms. He is the one who brought me here and I'll never say a word against him. There are fights in families as well.
He also talked about where he might possibly end up next summer.
“The important thing is not where you are, it's with who,” he said. “We haven't thought at any time about any other club. Since January, when I've been on the market, we've had a few calls.
“But we never thought about leaving Madrid. From here we'll look for a good option for me.
“Sevilla is the other club in my heart where I had a great time but at the moment there is nothing on the table about going back. As for Barcelona... impossible. You will never see Sergio Ramos in a Barcelona shirt.”