Saturday 24 February 2018

'I'm not worried' - Madrid manager Rafa Benitez addresses Sergio Ramos and David De Gea rumours

Manchester United's pursuit of Sergio Ramos (left) could bump up David De Gea's price
Manchester United's pursuit of Sergio Ramos (left) could bump up David De Gea's price
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez has described Sergio Ramos as 'integral' to his club's future, after the Spanish giants turn down a €40m bid from Manchester United for the World Cup winning defender last month.

Ramos is reported to have told Real Madrid that he wants to make the move to Old Trafford this summer, but Benitez appears to be determined to hang on to the 29-year-old.

"In terms of Sergio Ramos, there's a lot of talk about his situation," said Benitez. "The president has already commented that he is staying with the club.

"For me, he is an enormous professional. In person, he applies himself, he does everything that the team and I ask of him.

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"I have spoken to him at length in the summer about his ideas, about his future. I see Sergio as an integral part of our team, he's a winner and that's what we need in our team."

United are believed to have informed Real Madrid that they will only do a deal to sell keeper David De Gea if the door is opened for Ramos to move in the opposite direction to Manchester.

De Gea is currently training with United on their pre-season tour of America, with reports in recent days suggesting he may stay with the Premier League side for another year before completing a free transfer to Real Madrid when his contract expires next summer.

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Benitez was also asked to comment on De Gea's possible arrival at Real Madrid as he stated:  "He is not our player but one of another team, so I cannot talk about him.

"The goalkeepers that we have now are of an excellent level and we want to work with them so that they improve day after day, if it is possible.

"I'm not worried about the goal. I know its measurements are 7.32 by 2.44 metres and that doesn't change.

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"Whoever goes in between the posts knows what his job is. If another goalkeeper arrives that will be great -- we will work with him. I'm optimistic in that respect and I am calm.

"We have good goalkeepers but if we can improve by adding more competition in that position, it will be something positive for the team."

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