Manchester United’s pursuit of Sergio Ramos is over after the centre-back agreed a new contract extension at Real Madrid.
Ramos has agreed in principle to another three years at the Bernabeu meaning the Spain defender will stay in the Spanish capital until 2020, according to Marca.
After initially indicating he was ready to quit Real, Manchester United are believed to be furious at Ramos’ U-turn. The 29-year-old defender was understood to be keen to leave the La Liga club after a breakdown in his relationship with Florentino Perez, but after a recent meeting between the two in China he revealed his desire to stay and retire with Real Madrid.
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Ramos is in line for a pay rise that will take his annual pay to around $10m after tax, equating to around $375,000 a week before tax.
United, who have now got a month to find an alternative defensive recruit, were prepared to offer Ramos £13million a season after tax and Louis van Gaal is believed to be fuming after being led to believe Ramos was in search of a new challenge.
Real had always stated they did not want to sell the former Sevilla star, whose contract was due to expire in 2017, but the feeling at Old Trafford is that Ramos used United to pressure Real into agreeing to an extension after initial talks had reached an impasse.