Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez says that his captain Sergio Ramos has arranged a private meeting with club president Florentino Perez to sort out the player’s future but appeared to show trademark signs of strain by responding tersely to a question about the situation.
Ramos has been linked with a move to Manchester United all summer but in recent days it seems as if Real Madrid are winning their battle to keep hold of the defender.
“I wasn’t expecting that question (about Perez and Ramos),’ Benitez sarcastically responded to a poser about the main news that has dominated Madrid’s summer. ‘During dinner last night I was told that they have arranged to meet but I haven’t been able to talk directly to either of them as I was busy with the team’s training session.’
Madrid have arrived in China to play a friendly against Inter Milan and Benitez was clearly keen to move on to other subjects. He was asked how Ramos was dealing with the speculation and responded ‘During dinner, the president told me that they were going to have a private chat but I haven’t had the chance to talk to either of them yet… I watched Ramos score from 25 metres out and he seems fine to me. After a long flight James has arrived with a good attitude. Tomorrow we will decide who will play and for how long.’
There does appear to be some inconsistency with reports – with all parties in transit and in the midst of preparation, it seems the most active this story is is now within the minds of journalists. Spanish media outlet Marca earlier claimed they had heard from a Man Utd source who appeared to suggest the Reds would be open to negotiation for David De Gea. However, that appears unlikely, given the club’s stance has been very public and very stern since Real Madrid’s interest was made public.