Perez on Ramos, Bale & more

Florentino Perez has discussed the situations of a number of Real Madrid players, including Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos.

The President was speaking to Onda Cero and his comments have been published today by AS.

On Ramos, Perez remembered back to the time the defender was signed from Sevilla and considered how much Ramos has grown.

“Sergio is a phenomenon. He came here as a child and it appeared he had played his life at Santiago Bernabeu,” Perez said.

“That’s the truth. Now he has matured, he’s at an even higher level.

“I saw him with his son in the celebration and said ‘How your life has changed Sergio!’

“He’s had a great end to the season. I have to say he’s carried the team in to two major games, the semi-final and final.

“The accumulation of games is such that everyone has been tired so it’s remarkable that Sergio has come to that form, above all others.

“In Munich he scored two goals that opened the way to the final and then he also opened the way to win the final.”

Perez also discussed Bale, backing the Wales international to reach even greater heights and dismissing criticism of his signing.

He argued that Bale was attacked as a means to condemn him, but insisted that the negativity towards Bale never stood up to scrutiny.

“Bale had clear chances and people were desperate, but fate decreed that he scored the second goal,” Perez said.

“He’s a great player, and those who want to get at me and don’t want me, it’s absurd to criticise a player I signed.

“Bale was twice the best player in the Premier League and is a player who will be near the Ballon d’Or, even win it.

“It’s absurd to say that if he is injured, if he has a hernia, that it’s not football. All the things you read…I remember this is exactly what they said when I bought Zinidine Zidane.”

Another Perez signing, Asier Illarramendi, was left on the bench for the Champions League final despite the absence of the suspended Xabi Alonso.

Perez said however that Illarra would remain at Madrid and that big things were expected of the midfielder.

“I think Illarramendi will be with us for many years and he will do very well,” the President predicted.

“I don’t know why I would have signed him otherwise.”

Perez was also asked about Alvaro Morata, Angel Di Maria, Pepe and Fabio Coentrao.

“I have to talk to the Coach and [Morata] to see what is best for everyone,” he said.

“For example, what we did with Dani Carvajal was very positive, he left to play. For us if we sell someone it is to play, but the best place to do so is Madrid.

“There was a time last year when there was talk that [Guilherme] Siqueira was coming, but nothing happened.

“Fabio has helped us a lot, especially in key moments when Marcelo was injured. He is a very competitive player but the demands here are very high.

“You can’t have a minute to relax because you’ll be whistled. But he’s a great player. We’ll see that at the World Cup and I’m delighted he is at Madrid.

“[Pepe is] my darling, right? I’m glad they tell me that because I never signed him.

“Pepe is a Madridista, really, the life and the soul, and since he has the colours I am delighted for him to continue in Madrid.

“There was no problem with Di Maria in January. I don’t know who flirted with Monaco. This is the first I’ve heard of it.

“I am very happy Di Maria is staying with us because I think he has earned the right to start at this club.”

Perez added that Sami Khedira and Karim Benzema are in line for new contracts.

“We talked to them earlier in the season, during the season, and we said we’d talk at the end, which we’re in. They’re contracted until 2015 and they’re the priority,” the President confirmed.

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