A confidant of Sergio Ramos’ brother and agent says the player can't remain at Real Madrid as his relationship with Florentino Perez has broken down.
Marca reports that the centre-back and the President have a ‘non-existent’ rapport as Ramos has grown unhappy with stories leaking from Santiago Bernabeu that paint him as a ‘money-grabber.’
Ramos is also concerned that he might be pushed out of the club as players such as Fernando Hierro and Raul Gonzalez have been, and as Marca suggests Iker Casillas is about to be, and that his commitment to the Madrid cause has been questioned.
The Madrid vice-captain said in January that he was not in a hurry to renew his contract at Madrid as he expected to be at the club for a long time regardless, but is disappointed at gossip that has portrayed him in a negative light.
Pedro Riesco, who works with Rene Ramos – Sergio’s brother and agent – told Radio Marca that the situation had deteriorated to the point a departure is almost inevitable.
“Right now, with everything that is happening, I see it too difficult for Sergio to continue in Madrid,” Riesco is quoted as saying.
“He has become an emblem. There is little to prove what is being said about Sergio, which unfortunately is a lot.
“There is manipulation, discrediting through unofficial spokesmen who behave like puppets, ensuring that Sergio doesn’t represent the badge, that he’s money-grabbing…”
Ramos has said little publically, aside from telling a reporter he is ‘calm’ over the situation, although Marca reveal he is anything but, and in fact is angry at how events are transpiring.
He is also said to want to avoid a repeat of his time at Sevilla, when the then-President, Jose Maria Del Nido, manoeuvred his exit to make Ramos into the bad guy, which led to Ramos facing the wrath of Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan when he returned with Madrid.
It’s said that Ramos would appreciate a gesture of reconciliation from Perez and that he feels the only way the issue can be resolved is face-to-face with the President.
Marca also report, however, that the club are wary of being ‘held to ransom’ over Ramos’ new contract, having offered €7.5m, and that a salary of €10m-a-year is too rich for Madrid to pay, although that is the same level as Gareth Bale.