Sergio Ramos contract extension talks stalled

06 Jan 2021

Sergio Ramos and Real Madrid are still a long way away in their negotiations for the captain’s contract extension.

The defender and Florentino Perez haven’t been able to come to an agreement, and Saturday’s meeting at Valdebebas has led to a lot of tension. The pair had unsuccessful discussions prior to the game against Celta Vigo, and again met in the tunnel just before the players stepped onto the pitch.

A one-year offer is on the table with no change to his salary, but Ramos is still pushing for two years, and for the salary reduction not to be included, as he wants that to be discussed rather than implemented without his say.

Now, there are no new meetings set in the calendar, and the player is allowed to talk to other clubs ahead of making a free transfer this coming summer.

Zinedine Zidane has been reluctant for the issue to become a problem that could risk harming the good atmosphere in the dressing room.

Peace, however, doesn’t seem possible at the moment. Neither Ramos nor Lucas Vazquez have been able to reach an agreement with the club, despite Zidane making it clear that he wants them both to stay beyond the 2020/21 season.

Ramos‘ biggest issue with the offer is its length, as he’s unwilling to sign a one-year extension, whereas Lucas Vazquez believes he’s deserving of more than the current salary put on the table. The club have offered a similar amount to his current wage, but he thinks that he has earned a better offer.

The two cases are completely independent, but neither appear to have a simple solution. The club’s stance isn’t going to change dramatically, even though they are aware that offers from elsewhere will come in for both.

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