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Sergio Ramos set to sign new Real Madrid contract

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Ramos given a bumper pay rise at Real Madrid
Ramos given a bumper pay rise at Real Madrid

Sergio Ramos looks set to sign a new contract with Real Madrid, after weeks of speculation linking him with a big-money move to Manchester United.

United officials were encouraged to pursue their interest in Ramos after the player made it clear that he was keen to swap Madrid for Manchester this summer, but that stance appears to have changed after a meeting with Real President Florentino Perez.

Ramos was expected to reconfirm his desire to leave Real Madrid in his talks with Perez, but the meeting appeared to go in favour of the Spanish club and now Marca are suggesting a new deal will be sign by the Spanish World Cup winning defender. 

The report suggests Ramos will earn €8.5m-per-year under the terms of his new deal, with €1.5m additional add-ons, which would represent a huge increase on his current salary at the Bernabeu.

There will be those who will claim Ramos used United's eagerness to sign him as leverage to secure this lucrative new contract, but that does not soften the blow for United and their manager Louis van Gaal.

This will be United's second failed attempt to sign a marquee defender this summer, after Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels turned down the advances of United earlier this summer.

United have now made it clear that they will not look to sign another defender in this transfer window, with Daley Blind dropping back from his midfield role to play in central defence during the club's pre-season tour of America.