Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos has revealed that he received a firm offer from a Premier League heavyweight last summer, but insisted that he wants to retire at Real Madrid.
Spanish international Ramos admits he considered joining Manchester United at the end of the 2014/15 season, although despite rumours, he has not thought about a move to Chelsea this summer.
Ramos’ future was subject to heavy speculation with the defender strongly linked with a move that would make him Louis Van Gaal’s record breaking signing.
Despite Van Gaal making a discrete, yet concrete offer, the Madrid defender remained at the Bernabeu after signed a new long-term deal.
“There was a firm offer, on paper. For a moment I thought about a change of scene, but Real Madrid was always my priority. I felt disappointed, but not due to economic problems like people said.”
The proposed transfer – with David De Gea going the other way – was one of the defining transfer sagas of the 2015 summer transfer window. Ramos’ poor form and rumours of unrest suggested the star centre-back was eager to make the switch to Manchester.
Despite initially suffering from a spell of inconsistency at the beginning of the season, Sergio Ramos has re-established himself as one of Los Blancos key players.
Ramos, 30, has demonstrated his ability to stamp his mark as a big-game player and was a key figure as Real overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Wolfsburg to advance to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals:
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As Man United entered the 2015-16 season there were major concerns about the Louis Van Gaal’s defensive line-up. Despite their potential, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones did not instill an unprecedented level of confidence.
Chris Smalling has excelled this season and alongside his most frequent centre-back pairing Daley Blind, the Englishman has commanded the Manchester United defence. Louis Van Gaal’s side boast the second-best defensive record in the English top flight, conceding just 30 Premier League goals this season in 34 matches.
However, the United back-four still lacks a depth of quality – making missing out on Ramos a huge blow for the Red Devils. The Madrid captain could have added an invaluable level of experience, and despite their steady improvement throughout the season, United remain short on top-level know-how.
The Sergio Ramos transfer saga may well reignite once the transfer window re-opens, incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is expected to target Ramos when he takes over at Stamford Bridge at the seasons close. To date, Ramos claims he has yet to receive an official enquiry from Chelsea:
“I have not heard anything about interest from Chelsea.
“There are always lots of things said, and I have always said the same, attention from a big club is always a sign that you are doing well. But as long as my fans and my club want me, my main thought is to retire here.”