Sergio Ramos leaves Real Madrid after 16 years following Florentino Perez snub

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Real Madrid captain is set to leave the club after 16 years. He will explain his decision in a press conference alongside Los Blancos president Florentino Perez on Thursday.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has left the club after 16 years of service.

The Real Madrid captain will hold a press conference on Thursday to formally announce his exit.

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A short statement on Real Madrid’s official website read: “Real Madrid CF announces that tomorrow, Thursday, June 17, at 12:30 pm, there will be an institutional act of tribute and farewell to our captain Sergio Ramos, with the presence of our president Florentino Perez.

“Next, Sergio Ramos will appear before the media at a telematic press conference.”

Ramos has made 671 appearances over 16 seasons at the Bernabeu but his relationship with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is at an all-time low.

Ramos’ contract is coming up for renewal but Perez has repeatedly suggested Madrid would find it difficult to tie the centre-back down to a new deal.

Real Madrid are not in a strong financial position but are very keen to strengthen this summer nonetheless, with Kylian Mbappe at the top of their wishlist.

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Ramos earns a reported £312,000-per-week, making him one of the top earners at the club. Perez said last month: “We’re in a very tough situation where no one has the money anymore.

“We’ve got to be realistic. I’ve never said that he won’t stay. At the moment we’re completing this season and after that, we can see about next year.”

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Despite this, Madrid had no problems signing former Bayern Munich star David Alaba and handing him a bumper deal.

And it seems this has rubbed Ramos up the wrong way, with the club legend leaving under a dark cloud.

Ramos won’t be short of suitors though, even if he is now 35.

The defender has been linked with a move to Manchester United in recent months, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would surely only be too willing to take a punt on the centre-back.

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