Sergio Ramos is poised to renew his Real Madrid contract for a further year once the Spanish title race has concluded.
Ramos’ current deal at the Bernabeu expires at the end of the 2020/21 season – by which time the defender will have celebrated his 35th birthday.
However, his role in Real’s title charge remains as important than ever, with the Spanish international hitting a stunning second-half free kick to seal a 2-0 victory over Mallorca on Wednesday and send his side back to the summit of La Liga.
According to Spanish news outlet ABC, Ramos wants to renew his contract for a further year, but negotiations will be put on pause until the season finishes as the Real captain is fully focussed on securing a fifth La Liga title.
Real really gained the title momentum on Sunday as they negotiated a potential banana skin with a 2-1 victory over Champions League chasing Real Sociedad, after Barcelona had lost ground with a 0-0 draw against Sevilla on Friday.
Ramos and Real are in a slight disagreement in regards to the contract salary, with the player asking for an increase and the club looking to stick to his current wage package of €12m per year.
Manager Zinedine Zidane dropped a Ramos contract hint to the Real top brass following his side’s victory over Mallorca, making it clear where he sees his captain’s future.
“Sergio belongs here as a player,” Zidane said at full time [via Goal]. “He’s been here for years and he should retire here. It’s what I think and I’ll stand by it.”
Ramos has spent 15 years at Real after signing from Sevilla in 2005. He has gone on to enjoy a highly decorated career in the Spanish capital, winning four league titles, two Copa del Rey and four Champions Leagues.
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