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'I am a Madridista' - Ramos confirms he's staying put, intends to retire at Real Madrid

The defender was expected to move on from the Bernabeu this summer after 14 years at the club, but has announced he is staying in the Spanish capital.

REAL MADRID CAPTAIN Sergio Ramos has announced he is staying with the club next season, stating his dream is to retire at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, the 33-year-old centre-back has committed his future to Los Blancos after a wave of speculation linking him with a summer move away from the Spanish capital.

sergio-ramos-real-madrid_167ry2aw59pxq12oz1s9lwyvh2 Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos is staying put.

I am Madridista. I want to retire here,” said Ramos. ”I don’t want the fans to be left in any doubts.”

“I would extend my contract for the rest of my life,” he said. “The president and I have a very good relationship, like father and son, we’ve been together a long time.

“He makes the decisions. He’s always counted me in his decisions and I am happy to be part of the squad under him.

Not at all do I want to leave, my dream is to retire here and I always said that. The president will tell you that too, I would never go. I’d even be ready to play for free.”

When asked about his bond with club president Florentino Perez, he added: “My relationship with the president is similar to that of a father and son.”

“Our relationship has always been very good but who doesn’t have an argument with their father every now and again? Maybe we should’ve spoken face to face instead of getting third parties involved but it is in the past.

“I came home to people saying I want to go but I have my contract here and I don’t want to leave.”

Perez refused to sanction a proposed a free transfer, claiming it would set a “bad precedent”, and the four-time Champions League winner is content to focus on a 15th season with the club.

Ramos has enjoyed a highly successful career since arriving in the Spanish capital from Sevilla in 2005.

The World Cup winner’s honours include four LaLiga titles and he continues to hold a high degree of influence in the dressing room.

“We haven’t talked about my deal here for a minute,” he continued.

“We’ve just talked about how it’s reassuring to be here and have this great relationship with the club. There’s loyalty involved and we’ve spoken face to face to sort out all the rumours that had been said about the situation.

The offer was there but it never tempted me. If the fans or the club didn’t want me here it might have interested me, but I’ve never ever thought about going to China.

“The relationship maybe hasn’t been as good as in the past but it’s been sorted out. We had a private conversation about the offer that was made and there was speculation, but in two weeks’ time we have a wedding and I want to speak to Florentino there.

“I speak to him like a father and I want to continue like that, continue my future together with the club, and I want to leave successful and triumphantly.”

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