A president cannot act like a fan, and they have to make decisions with a cold mind and while thinking of a lot of factors. A lot of people don’t understand why Real Madrid haven’t renewed Sergio Ramos’ contract, with him free to talk to other clubs from January 1. He’s the team’s leader, one of the best center-backs in the world and his influence in the dressing room is incredibly important. So, what is preventing Florentino Perez from extending his commitment to the captain? The Real Madrid president has next summer in his mind, with Kylian Mbappe a target that will cost a lot. He’s also aware of the continued problems regarding income, so long as fans have to stay away from stadiums. Sergio Ramos will be 35 years old when the season ends and although his physical performance isn’t in doubt, the club have to start thinking about a replacement sooner or later. Ramos’ pay of around 15 million euros per season is one of the highest salaries at the club, which is one factor leading Real Madrid to debate whether they’d rather find a cheaper option that would lighten the wage bill. Some people at the club think it’s time to start a new chapter, whereas others consider Ramos to be irreplaceable. Other players, like Cristiano Ronaldo, have had to leave, so Ramos’ exit cannot be ruled out. His renewal is a decision that a lot of people consider with their hearts, but the club will have to make with their heads.