‘It should be easy for him to get a new contract, I always want him in my team’ – Zidane hopes for Sergio Ramos Real Madrid stay as talks over a new two-year deal looks sketchy
Zinedine Zidane says he always wants Sergio Ramos in his team as talks over a new contract with the defender appear to be stalling.
The Real Madrid coach is eager to tie down the club veteran, 33, but discussions are said to be ‘complicated’.
Speaking to Spanish news outlet AS, Zidane said: ‘Sergio is our captain, our leader, our reference point and he plays better from the start, it’s not in anyone’s interest for him to be on the bench.
‘He is very important for every player in the team. It should be easy for him to get a new contract, I always want him in my team.’
The central defender is looking to secure a fresh two-year deal but the club are in no rush and will wait until the summer.
Zidane appears to be relaxed about the situation despite potential conflict over the fact that Real’s policy of only handing out one-year deals to players over the age of 32.
Ramos’ current deal with the club expires in 2021, when he will be 35.
The Spain international has always made clear his intention to finish his career with Real, where he has spent the last 15 years.
But given his high wage, only equaled by Gareth Bale at Real, the club may not indulge Ramos, despite Zidane’s wishes.
Ramos recently said his wage was not an issue and he would happily play for the Spanish club for free.
He said: ‘The wage does not matter to me. I would play for Real Madrid for free.
‘We have not talked about the economic issue. For me the relationship with a club is always about trust and an affection.’
Source: Daily Mail