Ramos Reveals Why He’s Leaving Real Madrid
Sergio Ramos has revealed why he is leaving Real Madrid after 16 years with the club.
The 35-year-old will leave Los Blancos after him and the club could not agree onto an extension of his expiring contract.
Ramos spoke during a special farewell press conference, explaining that money was never an issue for him but the length of Real’s contract offer.
“I decided to accept the offer, I thought was still on the table, but they said it was by now too late,” he said, as quoted by The Athletic journalist Dermot Corrigan.
“I decided to accept the offer, I thought was still on the table, but they said it was by now too late.
“I was never told that there was an expiry date to the offer. I thought it was just part of the negotiation – as always has happened over 16 years. But then I was told time had run out.”
“I am never moved by money. It was about years – I wanted two, just to be relaxed, for my family. I felt I had earned it. But it was not to be. A new stage will begin now.
“We never thought in any moment about any other team. Since January I’ve been on market, so there have been some calls, interested clubs. But we never had in mind leaving Real Madrid. From now, we will look for a good option.”
Ramos will be a free agent by 30 June when his contract expires. He has lifted 22 trophies during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu.