Sergio Ramos blow for Manchester United as he closes in on new Real Madrid contract
Manchester United have been hit with a blow in their bid to sign Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid.
Reports in Spain claim that Real president Florentino Perez is set to open talks with the Spaniard about a new deal at the Bernabeu.
It had been strongly reported that Ramos' relationship with Madrid was beyond repair and United were in talks about a big-money move to Old Trafford for a player who has two years remaining on his contract.
But La Marca reports that Perez has opened negotiations in a bid to salvage the relationaship and hold on to the Spanish international.
Real manager Rafael Benitez has also spoken about his belief that his captain will not be leaving the club.
''I have a lot of respect for Louis van Gaal, but Sergio will be staying with us,'' the Real Madrid manager said last week.
''He is our player, our captain. I would like to see him (at the club) at the beginning of the season, because he's a key player for us.''
When asked whether he was absolutely certain the centre-half would stay, Benitez said: ''For me, 100 per cent.
''I insist that it is clear for me and the club, Sergio will be here. Football is a curious world, but Ramos will be staying.''