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‘Sergio Ramos’ Real Madrid career might be coming to an end’

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The Real Madrid captain will be out of contract in the summer and talks over an extension appear to have not progressed.

Sergio Ramos could ‘embrace a new challenge’ in the summer after 15 years in the Real Madrid backline, says Rivaldo.

The former Sevilla man has been an ever-present figure in the Spanish capital since his €27m arrival in 2005, making 666 appearances and even scoring 100 goals to help define a historic chapter in the club’s history.

Despite his success in Madrid, which has included five LaLiga titles and four Champions League crowns, the time may be ripe for a 34-year-old Ramos to test his talents elsewhere once his contract expires.

“He is currently free to sign for another club at the end of the season and after over 15 years playing for Los Blancos, I believe he might consider the opportunity to embrace a new challenge,” Ex-Barcelona and AC Milan star Rivaldo told Betfair.

“Furthermore, the club is looking to reduce a player’s salary due to the COVID-19 crisis and that could also favour his decision to leave from a financial point of view, since he has big clubs like PSG interested.

“He has built a remarkable history with Real Madrid and he will no doubt be recognised for it. Both the fans and board should understand his decision, after all, he always gave everything for the club and has nothing else to prove.

“Yet, the club may feel if he decides to leave it could have a huge impact on the squad, just like when Cristiano Ronaldo left, but as I like to say, players come and go, but the club remains and will always be reinvented and continue their path through history, and at Real Madrid it won’t be any different.

Talks between Ramos and Florentino Perez have reportedly hit a dead end. The club president has allegedly offered the defender his desired two-year extension, but his salary (€12m net) would remain the same.

Ramos and Real Madrid are set to return to action on Saturday night away to Osasuna in LaLiga.