The explanation for Real Madrid asking Sergio Ramos and Lucas Vazquez to take a pay cut when negotiating a new contract has emerged. As written by the Madrid club, all players who are currently re-signing are asked to decrease their salaries because otherwise, Real Madrid will not be able to compensate Gareth Bale, who is due to earn around EUR 30 million for the 2021/22 season.
The Welshman’s partnership with head coach Jose Mourinho of Tottenham has broken down, so next season he is likely to be in the Real Madrid squad. It is also possible for the Madrid club to end the player’s contract early, but the club will have to pay him all the remaining salary under the agreement in that case.
For this reason, Sergio Ramos and Lucas Vazquez, who are currently negotiating new contracts with the club, are being asked by Real Madrid to agree to a salary below what they are currently getting.
It also points out that the wage of Eden Hazard, who earns EUR 28m a year before tax, is also an issue for Real Madrid (excluding bonuses). The Belgian says that “injuries are not the end of the world, because you can spend time with the kids” while Ramos played against Athletic (1-2) in the Super Cup on jabs. That irritates the Spaniard, whose financial requirements the leadership of the club does not want to fulfill.
With talk of working on transfers from Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe, or Eduardo Camavinga, Ramos’ entourage is awkward. Under the circumstances, the club’s inability to retain the legend and team captain in the squad shocks those loyal to the Spaniard.
Real is in a stalemate situation: if Ramos decides to cut his pay, the money is going to go to the salary of Bale. Real Madrid will have to look at acquiring a central defender if the Spaniard leaves. Similar or even higher salaries would be requested by all players close to Ramos, such as Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, who wants a €22m fee for Madrid.
This season, Ramos has played in 14 La Liga games and scored two goals, both on penalties. Now he’s sick.