Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has requested a free transfer to a Chinese club but Madrid president Florentino Perez has ruled out the idea.
Perez was speaking to Spanish radio on Monday night when he confirmed the news that the 33-year-old had requested to leave Los Blancos this summer.
Diario AS had followed up on a report from Spanish TV station La Sexta that claims the captain has informed Los Blancos of a ‘very attractive economic offer’ from the Far East.
“Sergio Ramos has informed me that there was an offer from China and that they could not pay a transfer fee because of rules there,” Perez told Onda Cero.
“Ramos has not been to my home and I have not been to his…he came to see me at the office and told me they had a very good deal from China.
“I told him that it was not possible for us to let our captain go on a free transfer, and the conversation was friendly – this is normal for players to do this.
“Sergio’s is currently the highest deal at Madrid, before that it was Cristiano and now we have a scale for our pay packet – the highest earner is based on merit, the same is true for Sergio.
“He did not ask that we release him now but I informed him that this plan for China was not possible, and the truth is that I love him like a son.
“Rene Ramos (the brother and agent of Sergio) can tell you everything, we have a very close relationship and Sergio is held in high esteem here.
“We will not allow him to leave, we refer interested clubs to his clause – there is nothing else to say.”