According to Marca, Sergio Ramos’ 16-year stay at Real Madrid could come to an end this summer, with the club and the player yet to reach an agreement on a new deal.
In 2005, the center-back joined Real from Seville and went on to make 668 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring an impressive 100 goals.
Ramos’ contributions to five championship wins and four Champions League wins have made him a legend at the Bernabeu, but as contract negotiations drag on, his future remains unresolved.
Ramos remains an important and powerful figure for Real, who have lost five of the 10 games he has missed through injury this season, even as his 35th birthday approaches.
He is projected to be out of action for another two months after having undergone knee surgery, during which Real will face some defining fixtures in La Liga and the Champions League.
Currently, Zinedine Zidane’s side is seven points behind Atletico Madrid’s local rivals, having played two more games than them.
They also overcame a rocky start to their campaign in the Champions League to take a difficult group, setting up a meeting in the Round of 16 with Atalanta.
Ramos’ extended absence, the longest of a remarkably injury-free career, therefore, for both player and club, comes at an unfortunate time.
For several months now, Ramos and the Real hierarchy have been locked in contract negotiations, with an agreement yet to be reached between them.
Ramos remains a crucial player for club and country throughout his progressive years, having overtaken former teammate Iker Casillas as the most-capped player in Spain.
His record of 178 caps is also the most earned by any European player, one ahead of Gianluigi Buffon, the Italian goalkeeper.