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Real Madrid: Pérez confident Sergio Ramos will retire at club

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos lifted the LaLiga trophy on Thursday and club chief Florentino Pérez wants to see him retire at the Bernabéu.

Real Madrid: Pérez confident Sergio Ramos will retire at club
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Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez is confident Sergio Ramos will end his career with Los Blancos after the club captain led the team to their 34th LaLiga title on Thursday.

Madrid's 2-1 victory over Villarreal secured their first league title since 2016/17 as they brought great rivals Barcelona's grip on the trophy to a close.

Ramos was influential throughout the campaign, scoring five times in the previous 10 LaLiga games, to collect a fifth title-winners' medal.

"Ramos will surely end his career at Real Madrid"

The 34-year-old is out of contract at the end of next season and said he would like to finish his career with Madrid, though admitted it was dependent on what Pérez wanted.

The club president is also keen for the skipper to end his playing days in the famous white shirt. "Ramos will surely end his career at Madrid," Pérez told Movistar.

"Although there is talk about that, it will not change, everyone is calm. He is more than a captain. He has led the team with enormous leadership."

Zidane "a blessing from heaven", says Pérez

Pérez also hailed coach Zinedine Zidane for bringing the title back to the Spanish capital.

Zidane won LaLiga and three successive Champions Leagues in his first stint as boss and only returned in March last year after answering an SOS from Pérez.

Though Madrid have not always been as thrilling to watch as in recent seasons, Pérez knows the importance of the Frenchman.

"He has won a title every 19 games," he said. "It is a blessing from heaven [...]. They can criticise him for what they want. We will continue to win titles."

Madrid have been relentless since the restart following the coronavirus-enforced break, winning all 10 of their matches, and Pérez has been impressed by the team's consistency.

"We have trained well and we have had the mentality to return with the desire to win this title," he added. "The strength we had has been seen by everyone. It will go down in Madrid's history."