Sergio Ramos has admitted that ‘nothing has changed’ on his contract situation with Real Madrid, suggesting that he is on course to leave the club at the end of the season.
The 34-year-old is out of contract this summer, and after it was reported in February that Real Madrid had accepted he will leave in the summer, it has all gone quiet. If things stay as they are, he will end his 16-year association with the club, and there was a tinge of regret and frustration in his words as he discussed his stalling contract talks.
Having been out since January with a meniscus injury, though, Ramos remains primarily focused on returning and winning a sixth La Liga title.
He told reporters: “I wish I could say something, but everything remains the same.
“All I’m thinking about is coming back and finishing the season in the best possible way. There’s no news of my renewal, I wish I could [say something]. I’m calm and I’m only thinking about playing again and winning a trophy.”
Does he plan to keep going even if he leaves Real, though? He may turn 35 later this month, but he reckons he has another half a decade in the tank at the top level before he starts to wind things down.
“The only thing that worries me is that they know that I’m a real guy, that I gave my soul for the Madrid badge,” he went on.
“I’ve always stood up for myself and I’ve always told the truth. I’m honest, humble and hard working. It is on the basis of performance that the player should be judged.
“I can play five more years at the highest level. If injuries are not too bad, my mentality will help me.”
In a YouTube interview with Charlando Tranquilamente, Ramos went on to say that he will have no regrets when the time comes to leave Real – so long as he can honestly say he left it all on the line.
“What I would like is to leave with a clear conscience. To have given everything for a club. I don’t know if it will be today, tomorrow or in five years.
“Hopefully it will be in a long time time. It does not depend only on me, but I would like to go through the front door “