Amidst the analysis among football fans if Sergio Ramos is the last piece of the puzzle for Manchester United to be serious contenders for the Premier League title, Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez has come out to declare that he will be the “happiest man in the world” if Sergio Ramos remains at the club for the coming season.
Sergio Ramos, who is a target for Manchester United, is among the 24 players in Melbourne, Australia, for Real’s preseason tour.
The 29-year-old defender has yet to be offered a contract extension to stay at Real beyond his current deal, which expires in 2017 but was appointed the new team captain with the exit of Iker Casillas, and AS reported on Thursday that United were planning to make a final bid of €60 million.
Real allowed Iker Casillas to join Porto at the weekend despite the veteran goalkeeper and captain being under contract with Los Blancos for another two seasons, but club president Florentino Perez insisted earlier this week Ramos is going nowhere.
When asked about Ramos, Benitez, who replaced Carlo Ancelotti at the helm of Real last month, told reporters: “I see the future with Sergio because he is a key player for his abilities and quality on the pitch and his mentality and leadership in the changing room.
“I believe the president has said perhaps not publicly, but I have read it somewhere that he [Ramos] will continue and that he will remain here.
“If that is it the case I will be the happiest man in the world because he is a great professional, a great player. With the commitment and motivation that I see in him, I believe he can be a great captain.”
Ramos reportedly asked Real several weeks ago to listen to offers for his services after 10 years at the club.
Ramos is said to be unhappy that Real remained silent after former Barcelona presidential candidate Jordi Majo claimed that he had been offered the opportunity to sign the defender to boost his election campaign.
The Spain international was also annoyed not to have been offered a contract extension.
“I spoke to him regarding his future, his ideas and our ideas earlier this summer and when we started training in Madrid [last week], and we have not spoken again about it,” Benitez said. “My only concern is that he trains well and he does that. Sergio trains sensationally.
“He had told me that he was a great professional but it has been a great satisfaction to see how he applies himself and works every day.”