Manchester United and Liverpool make Sergio Ramos transfer decision

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Manchester United and Liverpool will not be signing Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos this summer, it has been claimed. It was widely reported this week that both Premier League clubs were keen to acquire the 34-year-old.

But the Athletic have quashed the claims by insisting ‘there is no chance’ Ramos will be heading to either club this summer, despite potentially being available on a free.

Ramos is out of contract this year but despite Spanish reports to the contrary, neither club are interested in signing the Real captain and the Athletic expects the Spain international to sign a new deal at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Whether Ramos would have even been welcomed at Liverpool is a topic for debate.

In the 2018 Champions League final Mo Salah left the field in tears with just over half an hour played after Ramos dragged him to the ground and caused a serious shoulder injury.

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The Reds ended up losing the game 3-1 and despite Jurgen Klopp’s men claiming the Champions League a year later, Liverpool legend John Aldridge insists he would not have been able to play alongside Ramos after the 2018 incident.

Speaking about Salah’s potential move to Real in his Liverpool Echo column in December, Aldridge said: “Personally, I think after the experience of the Champions League final and the way Ramos treated him, I’d have had a hatred for Real Madrid if it was me, after that incident.

“It (a move to Real Madrid) wouldn’t appeal to me but I wouldn’t want to leave Liverpool anyway.”

But the opportunity to sign one of the most highly regarded – and most marketable – centre backs of the last decade would have been appealing to many of Europe’s biggest clubs.

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After beginning his career at Sevilla, Ramos moved to Real Madrid in the summer of 2005 for £24million, which was then a record fee for a Spanish defender.

The centre back has gone on to establish himself as one of the most decorated footballers in modern history.

Real Madrid have won four Champions League and five La Liga titles in that time, as well as four Club World Cups.

He was also an integral part of the Spain side which dominated football for a period of time, claiming a World Cup and two European Championships between 2008 and 2012.

On a personal level, Ramos has been included in the FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World XI in each of the last ten years and has claimed a host of other personal honours.

And this week his former team-mate Mesut Ozil claimed Ramos was the best defender of his generation.

Ozil said: “He’s been world class for over a decade – and what a leader he has become.

“His ambition and will to win is amazing.

“I would say he’s the world’s best defender from my generation.”

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