Real Madrid: Sergio Ramos edging closer to a bitter exit?

Real Madrid have reappointed Carlo Ancelotti as the heir to Zinedine Zidane’s throne for the 2021-22 season. Ancelotti’s return to the club is the first setting stone for the club’s much-needed rebuild.  The 61-year-old boasts a 75% win percentage rate which is the highest ever in Los Blancos’ 119 years of history.

Alvaro Arbelo has been appointed the assistant manager and Antonio Pintus has also returned as the fitness coach to bring an end to the injury fiasco at the club. So far, it all looks very promising for Real Madrid next season, however, Sergio Ramos could be leaving the club which would be a fatal blow.

El Transistor has reported that Real Madrid had decided to continue without Sergio Ramos a long time ago. Well, this could be true, since the renewal negotiations between Ramos and Florentino Perez have stalled since January over an altercation of the wages and a two-year deal instead of one year proposed contract.

The report has further mentioned that Sergio Ramos has been informing his fellow teammates to reject any pay cuts since the wages that will be saved are going to be used to sign Kylian Mbappe.

Why Sergio Ramos may not want to continue at Real Madrid

Continuing at Real Madrid seems highly unlikely for Sergio Ramos after the club announced the signing of David Alaba. The 28-year-old is a fantastic addition to the squad given the versatility and options he can offer at LB, CB and even as a defensive midfielder.

However, the contract that Alaba has signed has received backlash, which in all fairness, is deservedly right. Under no circumstance am I questioning his ability, but how could Real Madrid offer David Alaba a salary which is more than Raphael Varane and is equal to Sergio Ramos’. These two centre-backs have given their all for the club since the past decade and offering the same wages to Alaba could be seen as a sign of disrespect.

Maybe the signing of David Alaba was a hint to Sergio Ramos that his time is over. Given the financial constraint’s Real face, it is unlikely they would keep Ramos and Alaba, two players on the same wage for the same position.

OndaCero reports that Sergio Ramos’ departure will happen soon over the next few days, and it will be a toxic exit for the captain. It is understandable that Ramos would leave on a bitter note after years of sacrifice and honour that has been tarnished due to an altercation over a renewal. It’s shameful, to say the least.

So where does Sergio Ramos go? Wasn’t Manchester City an option?

There were rumours of Manchester City offering Sergio Ramos a lucrative two-year contract. According to Jonathan Smith, a Manchester City correspondent with GOAL, he claims that he will not be signing with 2020-21 Premier League champions despite the rumours. With that being said, Ramos will have to wait for a better offer to arrive or else he could be forced into agreeing to the 10% pay-cut along with a single-season extension and sign for Real Madrid.