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"Real Madrid take it for granted Sergio Ramos is leaving"

Josep Pedrerol has dropped the latest bomb regarding Sergio Ramos' contract talks with Real Madrid in his latest El Chiringuito exclusive.

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Real Madrid is preparing for the departure of Sergio Ramos this summer. That is the latest on the captain’s contract saga according to well-connected Spanish journalist and presenter of the El Chiringuito football programme, Josep Pedrerol.

“At Real Madrid, they take it for granted that Sergio Ramos will leave on 30 June,” Pedrerol claimed on Thursday night’s programme.

Ramos has been at loggerheads with the club over the extension of his contract that expires at the end of June. Due to the difficult financial situation, Madrid want Ramos to take a pay cut in exchange for a two-year deal but so far the player has refused to do so, according to Pedrerol.

Ramos tells Real Madrid he will listen to other offers

In the latest development, Pedrerol offered more details about the exchange between Ramos and club president Florentino Pérez.

According to Pedrerol, Pérez told him: “If you lower your salary 10% you have two years, if not you have one year.” In response, Ramos said he was “going to listen to other offers” and “since then he hasn’t said anything. The club understand that Sergio is looking for an exit.”

Pedrerol added: “Madrid made him the offer. Florentino told him what he could offer him. He asked him to lower his salary by 10%. There are two players [Luka] Jovic and [Martin] Odegaard, who have left on loan, who have given up 10%.”

Josep Pederol on El Chiringuito.

Ramos already agreed to paycut in April

Ramos, along with the rest of the squad, agreed to a pay cut of between 10-20% back in April amid the suspension of football during the first wave of the pandemic. It is for that reason that Ramos may not be willing to take another cut.

If Ramos, who has been heavily linked with PSG, eventually does leave, he will do so after 16 years at the club where he has won it all, including five LaLiga and four Champions League titles.