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Pedro Riesco: It is difficult for Sergio Ramos to stay at Real Madrid

by Sam Peoples

Sergio Ramos will find it “difficult” to stay at Real Madrid following a falling out with the club’s hierarchy, according to Pedro Riesco.

Ramos has been strongly linked with a move to Man United in recent days and Riesco, who works alongside the player’s brother and agent Rene, has added fuel to the speculation.

The player himself publicly stated he is “relaxed” about the situation but is privately said to be angry with president Florentino Perez after a breakdown in contract negotiations.

United have reportedly been encouraged by the uncertainty and Riesco believes Louis van Gaal has a chance of landing the defender.

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“With everything that has happened it will be very difficult for Sergio Ramos to stay at Madrid,” he said.

“Sergio is a symbol of this club. He has nothing to prove. But so many things are being said about him. There is so much manipulation to discredit his name via spokesmen who behave like puppets saying he is not respecting the club and that he is just a money-grabber.”

Ramos’ current deal will expire in 2017 and he has a buyout clause of €200m. However, Madrid have accepted that any deal for Ramos with United will be worth considerably lower.

It is likely that David de Gea will go the other way and return to his homeland but signing Ramos would be a major coup for United if they can pull it off. A world-class defender and a born leader, the player would instantly improve the side ahead of an assault on the Premier League title next term.

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