Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is confident of agreeing a new deal at the club. The 28-year-old, who has won almost every possible trophy with club and country, has a contract till 2017, but speculations are rife about his future, with Premier League giants Chelsea being linked with a move recently.
Several reports also claim that he is seeking a pay-rise after making such a crucial contribution to last season’s Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid, while the issue got a media brouhaha following Arrigo Sacchi’s comment in Gazzetta dello Sport, via ESPN, where the former Madrid director claimed that Ramos had told him current Los Blancos president Florentino Perez was not prepared to meet his wage demands.
Ramos was quick to discard such stories via twitter and claims that money is not an issue for him while looking for a new contract. He said:
“I have a lot of affection and respect for [Sacchi] — he was an important person when I signed for Madrid,” Ramos said. “I was with him a long time [but] I explained in my tweet: I do not do things for money. I never have. In this sense it depends on my happiness, and that of the president. I do not believe there will be any type of problem to reach an agreement.”
“Sincerely, this is the least of my worries,” he added. “My agent is there for that, to communicate with the club. I have a few years left on my contract, and my intention is to stay at the team that has given me almost everything.”
In another news, Brazilian club Cruzeiro have rejected second bid from Real Madrid for Lucas Silva, who is also a reported target of Arsenal. We have covered in details about the Gunners’ interest here.
Cruzeiro are reluctant to sell their star player for anything less than €15m. Madrid’s first offer was around €12m, while the details of the second offer is unknown. Spanish newspaper AS claim that Arsenal have matched the player’s valuation, but the Brazilian midfielder wants to join Real Madrid which he claims to be his dream club.