MADRID – Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos asked to leave to join a team in China on a free transfer, club president Florentino Perez has said, adding that he turned down the defender’s request.
Perez said that both Ramos and his agent met him in his office and that they received a very good offer from China.
Perez then rejected the notion of the team’s captain to leave for free and it will set a bad example for other players.
The Spain defender, 33, is Madrid’s longest serving player and one of club’s most beloved players for his role in winning four Champions League titles, but he shouldered a lot of criticism for the team’s harrowing last campaign.
Madrid also had one of their worst domestic campaigns in recent memory, finishing 19 points behind champions Barcelona and losing 12 league matches for the first time in 20 years, as well as being knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Barca.