Sergio Ramos said he would ‘play for free’ for Real Madrid just three days after his president said he had asked to be allowed to leave for China.
Florentino Perez said earlier this week: ‘They [Ramos’ representatives] asked to see me and they said they had a good offer from a club in China but due to the law in China they could not offer a transfer fee. Clearly it is out of the question that Real Madrid lets its captain leave for free. It would set a dangerous precedent.’
Ramos said he spoke to the president on Wednesday and even invited him to share the stage in Thursday’s press conference but he declined.
Ramos said: ‘I want to make it clear that I am staying because I don’t think the doubts about this help anyone.
‘There has been a lot of speculation. I want to stay here and I want to retire here. When I go I want it to be through the main exit as a winner.
‘My relationship with the president is like father and son but sometimes father and sons have difference.
‘I don’t want to leave Madrid. I have always said that I want to retire here. I go away from Spain for a week and this happens [referring to the controversy over his future].
‘I’m very happy with my contract and salary. We have had it pending to talk about it for a year and no one has spoken to me because they know I don’t want to go.
‘I would play for free.’