Sunday 27 May 2018

Sergio Ramos reveals just how close he came to joining Manchester United

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has confirmed that he was tempted by an offer to join Manchester United last summer after a fall-out with the hierarchy at the Spanish club.

The Spanish World Cup winner has denied suggestions that he was keen to secure a move to Old Trafford for financial reasons, as he opened up to Cadena Cope radio about the deal that created back page headlines aplenty last July.

“There was a firm offer on paper,” Ramos stated, as he was asked about United’s interest. “For a moment, I thought about a change of scenery, but my priority was always to stay at Real Madrid.

“I was disappointed (with Madrid) but not because of economic problems as people said. For as long as my fans and club want me, my first thought is to retire here.”

Ramos went on to give his views on Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final against Manchester City, as he insisted the tie is evenly balanced ahead of the first leg at the Etihad Stadium next Tuesday.

“Winning the Champions League would cap a great year,” he said. “Hopefully we can reach the final and win it.

“It’s not good whenever Real Madrid go without winning a trophy. Calling it a failure is understandable, but I wouldn’t use that word if we did things right and fought for trophies to the end.”

Ramos also gave his views on Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Real Madrid and suggested the club should “not sell him for anything” this summer, as he hinted the Portuguese superstar should be rested from some games.

Ronaldo is currently nursing a hamstring injury and his team mate sugegsted he needed to take a back seat occasionally.

“We know how important he is for the team and we hope he arrives in good shape for the game against City,” added Ramos. “He is super-ambitious, wants to play every game and score goals even when he sleeps.

“I haven’t met a coach who’s told him: Cristiano, the bench.

“It wouldn’t hurt if he rested from time to time. He doesn’t like to rest when he’s playing for individual awards such as the golden boot.”

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