Ramos To Be Offered £220k-a-week Deal To Stay With Madrid
Sergio Ramos is ready to sign a new five-year deal with Real Madrid worth €9million a year after tax. The defender, who has been linked with interest from Old Trafford, currently earns €6million a year nett and has been looking for €10million. Real offered him €7million at which point Manchester United’s interest was made public.
Reports last week claimed that United boss Louis van Gaal was demanding that Ramos make public his desire to leave the Bernabeu. The 29-year-old refused and went into talks on Sunday with Real president Florentino Perez.
The result of the meeting was that the air was cleared between the two men. Ramos told Perez that he wants to end his career at Real Madrid and he looks set to be offered the position as club captain. A new deal will also be offered that will put him behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale as one of the club’s highest-paid player.
A nett wage of €9million equates to around £220,000 a week gross. However, United were prepared to offer him a five-year deal worth a total of €55million nett. His salary would have started at €12million and decreased by half a million a year down to €9million in year five.
Reports today claimed United feel betrayed by Ramos. But there are claims from Spain that the tipping point for the player was the demand that he burn his bridges with Madrid and ask to leave. From then on he was only ever likely to stay at the Bernabeu.
Ajax Scotch Cillessen Rumours
Ajax boss Frank de Boer insists that goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen isn’t on his way to Manchester. Cillessen pulled out of the Dutch side’s Champions League qualifier with Rapid Vienna this evening leading to speculation over an exit for Manchester United.
However, Ajax coach Frank de Boer suggested that there was no reason for Cillessen’s absence other than his injury.
“No, he really has trouble with his calf,” de Boer told reports. “Fortunately, I would say in this case.”
De Boer’s remarks came after Spanish newspaper El Confidencial insisted that Cillessen’s injury was due to a forthcoming transfer to Manchester United. The Netherlands international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
That move has looked increasingly unlikely with Sergio Romero’s addition to the United squad. The Argentine joins David De Gea, Victor Valdes and Anders Lindegaard wearing United’s green jersey with Sam Johnstone also in contention having travelled to the US for the club’s tour.
Valdes is expected to be sold, but De Gea looks set to see out his contract at Old Trafford. For the moment, anyway, there doesn’t appear to be any room for Cillessen with United.
Otamendi Won’t Force Valencia Exit
Valencia central defender and rumoured Manchester United transfer target Nicolas Otamendi won’t try and force through a move away from the La Liga club.
Argentina international Otamendi has been linked with United for over a month, but reports on Tuesday claimed United hadn’t made an official bid for the defender and that they weren’t interested in doing so. That somewhat flew in the face of reports over the past six weeks or so.
Otamendi returned back for training on Monday and met on Tuesday night with coach Nuno Espirito Santo at the team’s training camp in Kamen, Germany. Mindful that United haven’t put in a bid he has agreed not to force through a move as Jeremy Mathieu did last summer while on Valencia’s summer training camp amidst interest from Barcelona.
Espirito Santo tried to convince Otamendi of his importance to the side in a season where Valencia are ready to enter the Champions League via next month’s play-off round.