Sergio Ramos Next Club Odds
Sergio Ramos will depart Real Madrid upon the expiry of his contract this summer, 16 years after signing for Los Blancos in 2005. The Spanish legend made 671 appearances for Real, scoring 101 goals in the process.
It is understood that the club offered Ramos a one-year contract extension earlier this year alongside a significant pay cut. The 35-year-old has since revealed to the media that the money was not an issue but he wanted a two-year deal to remain in the Spanish capital. The club refused, and when he finally accepted the initial terms the offer was no longer available.
This serves as another blow to the veteran defender, who was recently left out of the Spain squad for Euro 2021.
He will not be short of options, however, with a plethora of Europe’s biggest clubs already being mooted as potential destinations for the former Sevilla man. Paris Saint-Germain are the current bookmaker favourites at 13/10, and that would certainly be a move which would offer great appeal to a player still looking to compete at the very highest level.
The Parisians never really recovered from losing Thiago Silva to Chelsea last summer and suffered in the league because of it, failing to win the title for the first time in four years largely due to their defensive frailties.
It is no secret that PSG’s success is measured by their performance in the Champions League and so far they have fallen short of the mark in Europe’s premier club competition. Adding a player of Ramos’ calibre - who won the competition four times during his career with Madrid - would only act as a huge boost to their chances of finally going the distance.
Ex-club Sevilla are also touted as an option for Ramos, but recent comments suggest that he will not be returning to his former stomping ground this summer.
“I’m not joining Sevilla, this is not even an option. Barcelona? Impossible. You’ll never see me at Barça. I don't know which club I'm joining yet. When I'll know, I'll be the first to announce it. It’s not time to talk about my future” he said, somewhat ruling out a move to the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
Manchester City lead the way for the English clubs, priced at 11/2 in the market with Paddy Power and Betfair. The Premier League champions have a wealth of options in central defence but would only view adding a player like Ramos to their ranks as a huge positive for next season, as they look to go the distance in four competitions.
Ramos would replace the departing Eric Garcia as a back-up to Aymeric Laporte, John Stones, Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake, but with so many games to play in different competitions, having quality in depth is paramount to the success of a side competing for silverware at the very top.
Sticking with England and Liverpool follow up in the betting at 9/1. Jurgen Klopp’s side massively suffered with the loss of Virgil van Dijk last term and found themselves extremely thin on the ground in defence, so will be looking for reinforcements in that department ahead of next season starting. Ramos wouldn’t cost a penny to sign, and if they could agree a suitable contract with the Spaniard then this move could make a lot of sense for both parties, with the Reds possessing the allure of a serious title-challenge and Champions League football.
Juventus (9/1) have long been known as king of the Bosman deals, signing some of the world’s greatest players on a free transfer upon their release from other clubs and could swoop for another now that Ramos is available. The Serie A titans endured a poor campaign last season, missing out on the title to Inter Milan by a considerable distance, so will be desperate to make amends next term; something Ramos could certainly offer some help with.
Cristiano Ronaldo is playing his football in Turin and could play a part in persuading his former teammate to make the move to Italy, where the division is suited to a more experienced player entering the twilight stages of his career.
A full list of Ramos’ next club odds can be found below.