Sergio Ramos did not extort Real Madrid to get a new deal when Manchester United were interested in signing him in the summer of 2015, president Florentino Perez has insisted.
The Spaniard, who has spent the vast majority of his senior career at Real, was heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford but ended up signing a new deal that is set to keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu until the summer of 2020.
As reported by AS, Perez said: “Extorted? No. He’s been here for many years and deserves what he earns, probably even more than that. He is our captain, a phenomenon, an example.”
Usually a dependable defender, Ramos has endured a difficult start to the season, with the Spaniard having made some unnecessary challenges.
However, he has still kept the ball rather well – he has been successful with 91% of his attempted passes in La Liga – and is still seen as one of Real Madrid’s key players.
After struggling for consistency earlier in the campaign, Real Madrid have been hugely impressive in their past couple of fixtures, with a 6-1 victory over Real Betis being followed by a 5-1 thrashing of Leiga Warsaw in the Champions League.