Sergio Ramos uses Chinese interest to demand a new £320,000 contract.
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is said to want a new £320,000 plus a-week contract from his club using a bid from an unnamed Chinese club.
The defender currently has a £210,000 a week contract with a year left on it at the Santiago Bernabeu.
According to Spanish news outlet Sports, the agent of the 34-year-old has revealed details of an offer from the Chinese Mega club, in a bid to force the Galacticos management in a negotiation for a new contract.
Futballnews understands that Segio Ramos wants an increase in weekly wage plus a two years extension to make him the club’s highest earner.
Welsh winger Gareth Bale is currently Madrid’s top earner with a contract worth £300,000 a-week, but the captain’s demand for a contract over £310,000 a-week would see him become the club’s highest-paid player.
The captain had used a similar strategy in 2015 with a bid from English Club Manchester United used as a leverage to get a better deal from Real Madrid by his representative and brother Rene Ramos.
Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal had made a bid for the Real Madrid captain, but the defender signed a new contract at the Spanish capital.
Ramos has been in great form throughout the season, winning his fifth La Liga title and contributing 11 goals.
Teammates and fans have praised the defender for his top-class performance this season, midfielder Luka Modric told Sportske Novoski:
“My brother Sergio is a phenomenon. And i’m not just saying that because in eight years we’ve created a really special relationship, we hang out as families, go on holiday together, or because we’ve had fantastic footballing experiences and successes together.”
“Ramos is a 34-year-old rock, a top-level competitor, and when you watch him working on himself, it’s clear how dedicated he is and how hungry he is for success”.
The defender is not the only Real Madrid player with a contract issue, Lucas Vazquez, Modric and Nacho are all in the last year of their contract.
The club president has also warned players not to expect new big-money negotiation due to the Covid-19 effect.
Florentino Perez said, “ The situation is bad. We can’t expect players to take a pay cut and then make big money signing transfers.”