Defender Sergio Ramos rebels and is set to leave Real Madrid in June

Ramos, 34, is not willing to take a pay cut to extend his deal at the club

Sergio Ramos won't accept a 10 percent pay cut and will leave Real Madrid on June 30, Josep Pedrerol announced on El Chiringuito on Thursday.

The Madrid captain is leading the rebellion against further salary reductions at the club. That's the offer the club have made him, with the same cut over a two-year deal. His silence has been interpreted by the club as confirmation that he's looking to leave, as he told president Florentino Perez when they met at the start of the month.

In the last conversation between Ramos and Perez, the defender announced he had an offer worth 20 million euros annually from Paris Saint-Germain. Perez told him his PSG counterpart, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, had told him that's not true. Ramos replied that it was. So Perez encouraged him to accept it if it was better for him.

Shortly after, PSG denied said offer through an official source: "It's not true. 20 million? That's more than Mbappe earns. It's absurd. Too many people use PSG."


Ramos is within his right to seek a better deal as he approached 35. Madrid will feel his exit but they can also look to a future and a squad renewal with younger players that until now haven't had the chances that Ramos has had. The Madrid captain has shone more for the press (he's always in Best XIs) than on the pitch recently.

It's significant that he's led the dressing room rebellion against more cuts, cuts that were accepted by Odegaard and Jovic, a condition to allow them to leave. Modric, in contract to Ramos, is willing to extend his deal with a reduction.

Some question if his rebellion is behind physical problems that have coincided with his standoff with the club. Saturday's game against Levante will be the fourth he's missed of xis since the turn of the year. Is he being erased already?




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