Ramos and Real Madrid are ready to do the new contract dance again as they have so many times before. When the music stops he is still likely to be at the club that signed him from Sevilla for £24million (€27m) in 2005.
Ramos knows this is not a great time to be trying to negotiate an extension on the deal he has with Madrid that runs out at the end of this season.
In the next few days the club will finalise their budget for this season within the confines of the new £419m (€469m) wage bill cap imposed on them by LaLiga (all clubs have been given a new limit)
They will need to announce a new salary cut for the players to follow on from the 10 per cent cut agreed last April. Ramos, along with the three other club captains Raphael Varane, Marcelo and Karim Benzema will be at the table for that one.
He will then have to sit down on his own with president Florentino Perez and chief executive Jose Angel Sanchez and discuss his own future with those cuts still echoing through the corridors of the club.
It will not be easy to make too many demands. Players have waived bonuses from last season’s LaLiga win and the club signed no one in the summer as a gesture – we can’t be asking players to take pay cuts and then be paying huge transfer fees said Perez.
Ramos had a difference of opinion with the club over his future even before the pandemic. He wants a two-year deal and the club are only prepared to renew him for one more season. He knows that is the club’s policy for players once they have turned 30 but he wants them to make an exception for their captain and one of their greatest ever players
at the moment we are in bluffing territory. There is no Manchester United interest to use as there was in 2015, nor a possible China switch as was mooted in 2019 so he is happy for people to believe he would leave Madrid’s famous Paseo de la Castellana and swansong off down the Champs-Elysees to join Paris Saint Germain.
Likewise Madrid have no problem with the idea that they would not miss Ramos who they could replace with David Alaba on a free from Bayern Munich.
But the reality is quite different. Alaba is 28 so six years Ramos’ junior but in terms of the immediate numbers, he will not arrive for a euro less than the £11m (€12m) net Ramos earns a season and he will want a contract at least twice the length of the two-year deal Ramos wants