Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane admits he ‘does NOT know’ what the future holds for Sergio Ramos amid talk of a move to Manchester United or PSG once his contract expires this summer… but head coach emphasises: ‘I want him to remain HERE!’
- Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos’ contract expires at the end of this season
- The 34-year-old has won a glut of major trophies in his 15 years at the club
- But Ramos is now being linked with a move to Manchester United or PSG
- Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane says the defender’s future is up in the air
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says that he is unsure as to where captain Sergio Ramos’s future lies after recent speculation about the defender’s next move.
Ramos reiterated in multiple interviews on Thursday that he wanted to stay at the club once his contract expires this summer, after media reports in Spain had linked him with a move away.
However, Zidane said on Friday he is none the wiser as to what the future holds for the player who has been a mainstay in the Real defence since his transfer from Sevilla in 2005, winning five La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns.
Zinedine Zidane (right) is unsure as to whether Sergio Ramos’ (left) future is at Real Madrid
Ramos returned to full training on Friday – he has been out since January with a knee problem
Ramos is set to turn 35 at the end of the month but, with uncertainty now looming over his Madrid career, the bullish defender has backed himself to remain at the pinnacle of European football until the age of 40
‘I want to be honest and I have to say I don’t know what’s going to happen with him,’ Zidane told a news conference ahead of this weekend’s meeting with Elche.
‘We want him to stay here. He’s always going to be an important player and I want him to remain here, that’s what I’ll say as a coach.’
Ramos has won 18 trophies during his 15-and-a-half-year spell with the La Liga giants
Ramos, who has been out since January after undergoing knee surgery, returned to full training on Friday and alongside Eden Hazard is back in contention for Saturday’s game.
Alvaro Odriozola, Dani Carvajal and Mariano Diaz all remain absent through injury.
The Frenchman, however, refused to be drawn on rumours linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a return to the Bernabeu after his exit with Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League this week to Porto.
Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a move back to Real Madrid this week
‘Everyone knows what Cristiano is to Madrid, what he’s achieved here, what we think about him and everything he did here was magnificent,’ Zidane said.
‘But right now he’s a Juventus player and I can’t say more than that. A lot of things have been said but we need to be respectful.’
Real sit eight points behind LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid, who are on 54 points.
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