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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is ready to initiate a mind game with defender Sergio Ramos, whose future at the club is coming under increasing speculation. The 35-year-old could be a free agent in the summer, as his contract has less than six months to run. He has been in negotiations with Madrid for a while, but no progress has been made due to the two parties being quite far off. Ramos wants a two year contract whereas Madrid are only ready to offer him a two-year deal with reduced wages.

After the pandemic, Madrid have had to cut the budget in a number of areas. The club has had little transfer budget for manager Zinedine Zidane. At this juncture, PSG have shown an interest in Ramos.

Ramos has reportedly informed Perez that PSG are ready to offer a contract worth £17 million/year. However, Perez is aware that PSG, who have a lot of limitations in the Financial Fair Play regulations, will not be offering a contract which is bigger than Kylian Mbappe’s contract. Perez is not ready to be held hostage in a difficult period for the club. According to the Sun, this stand-off could result in Ramos leaving the Santiago Bernabeu after more than 15 years.

Ramos has been one of the crucial players for Madrid in the last decade. The club captain came to the Santiago Bernabeu as a talented defender in 2005 from Sevilla. Since then, he has gone on to represent Madrid in more than 450 matches. There have also been a huge number of titles along the way for club and country.

Perez and Sergio Ramos stand-off could result in latter’s departure from Madrid
Real Madrid's Spanish defender Sergio Ramos acknowledges the supporters prior to the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and Club Deportivo Leganes SAD at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 30, 2019. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP) (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

The defender is one of the highest paid players at the club. Gareth Bale earns the most at £650,000 per week while Eden Hazard comes second with wages of £400,000 a week. Ramos comes third with a wage of £310,000 per week.

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