Friday 21 October 2016

Rafa: Ramos staying at Real

Spain defender Sergio Ramos is not leaving Real Madrid and is an integral part of the La Liga giants' plans, according to new coach Rafa Benitez.

Ramos has been linked to a move to Manchester United for a number of weeks, despite having two years left on his contract.

According to Spanish media reports, Real have already rejected offers of over £28 million from the Premier League club for the 29-year-old Ramos.

Benitez, who replaced sacked Italian Carlo Ancelotti after a trophy-less 2014-15 season, was reluctant to discuss transfer speculation but was forthright about the status of his seasoned central defender.

"In terms of Sergio Ramos, there's a lot of talk about his situation," Benitez told reporters in Melbourne today. "He is an enormous professional. In person, he applies himself, he does everything that the team and I ask of him.

"And for me, the matter (is that) the president has already commented that he is staying with the club.

"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 manager Louis van Gaal is seeking to shore up his club's defence to help improve on last season's fourth-place finish.

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