Se Queda—He Stays
Sergio Ramos delivered his Q & A press conference today at Real Madrid City regarding the rumors surrounding his future at the club. He announced that he intends on honoring the reminder of his contract and is committed to Real Madrid.
“I don’t want the fans to be left in any doubts. I’m a Madridista and I want to retire here.”
“I want to leave this season behind. When I leave Real Madrid I will do it through the front door as a winner.”
On his relationship with Florentino Perez
“I’ve never had a problem with the president. Our relationship is like father and son.”
“My dream is to retire here, I’ve always said that. The president can tell you that as well. Our relationship has always been like father and son, who doesn’t have an argument with their father now and again.”
“There were things that bothered and hurt me and it was better to talk face-to-face with Florentino Perez rather than let third parties get involved.”
“If there was a problem in the past, we’d speak every day. Maybe I miss our relationship as it was before, but it’s good. Something got out and now I’m here to keep everyone calm and clear things up before people start gossiping all summer.”
Q: “If you were president of Real Madrid would you let yourself go for free?”
A: “No, not at all. I would extend my contract for the rest of my life as well.”
On the rumored contract offer from China
“There is an offer from China and If I didn’t feel wanted then it’s an alternative, but at present my deal is with Real Madrid and my plan is to see out my contract.
“I’ve never thought about going off to China. The relationship recently hasn’t been as good as I would like it to be, that perhaps has caused the speculation, but that’s been sorted out.”
“The topic of money hasn’t been brought up once between Florentino Perez and myself.”
“The wage doesn’t matter to me. I would play for Real Madrid for free.”
On fans whistling at the Bernabéu
“I just wanted to clear things up for the fans as well so that they don’t believe everything they read in the press. A lot of the time it’s lies in the press and I want the fans to hear things from my mouth.”
“I don’t think there’s any doubt in the minds of the fans. I think we’ve always been loyal. I’ve always been grateful for the relationship I’ve had with the fans. If they’ve only whistled me once in 14 years then it’s not bad.”
“It’s possibly good that they whistle me because it means they’re not whistling younger players. They want the team to react when they whistle. I’ve never had of any fans whistling at any player. If you don’t win the fans are going to go home angry.”
On Eden Hazard rumors
Q: How would Eden Hazard be welcomed if he were signed?
A: “Hazard is a great player, he’s tough. I think he’d be a great addition. I don’t know if he’s coming, but he’d bring a lot to this club.”
Q: Have you given any advice on transfers to come in?
A: “No, I don’t give any advice on that, that’s not my role as a player. As a captain, if they ask me about any player, if I like a player or not, then I’ll give an answer. I can tell you it doesn’t belong to me to make these decisions over people who make those decisions like that.”
“I’m just a captain, nothing else. I don’t buy players or get involved in who the coaches are or anything like that. The president is the president, I’m the captain, that’s all.”
On what the future may hold for his career
You never know in the future. Maybe in 2 or 4 years. Maybe China, United States or maybe I’ll stay here and be a coach. There’s lots of different possibilities. I can’t tell you at the moment what those options are because I don’t know myself, I’d just be deceiving you.”
“All I want to do is compete here year-by-year and do as much as I can do here now.”
“You see players who are icons at other teams in England and Italy, Lampard, Gerrard, these kind of players. They try and leave at the very top and that’s what I want to do as well.”