Ramos cool on future as Real Madrid face critical fortnight
Sergio Ramos made his 180th appearance for Spain against Kosovo on Wednesday before immediately turning his attention back to Real Madrid.
Sergio Ramos addressed rumours about his Real Madrid future by promising to be "the first to deliver any news" when a decision has finally been made, while insisting that he has no updates as of the moment.
Ramos, 180 games for Spain
The Spain captain was speaking after making his 180th appearance for his country in a 3-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Kosovo on Wednesday, moving him within four of the all-time international caps record held by Egypt's Ahmed Hassan. His brief cameo came four minutes from time at La Cartuja, but attention turned to his club career after the full-time whistle, with his Madrid contract set to expire at the end of the season.
Madrid are third in LaLiga, six points behind leaders and cross-city rivals Atlético, and face Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals then Barcelona.
Amid rumours of a move to the MLS, Premier League or Ligue 1, Ramos told TVE: "With my future I was very clear, there is no news at the moment and right now I have nothing to say. When there is news I will be the first to let you know. We have games which could decide our season in the space of two weeks, in LaLiga against Eibar and Barcelona, and in the Champions League against Liverpool, and hopefully we can play at a good level."
Ramos is four games away from Hassan's record
Spain coach Luis Enrique defended the decision to bring Ramos on so late in the game, despite the defender having only recently recovered from an injury to his left knee that kept him sidelined for two months. After seeing his side claim their second win in their first three World Cup qualifiers, courtesy of goals from Dani Olmo, Ferrán Torres and Gerard Moreno, the coach explained that Ramos' brief appearance as a technical decision.
"Ramos has no further complications," he told reporters. "I decide which are the best players to start with. It is true that Ramos is fine but he has just come out of an injury from which he has recovered very quickly. That is the reality. Those who are in a better disposition play. Whether you like it or not, that's another question."
Asked whether the fact Ramos is closing in on Hassan's appearance record had a bearing on his decision, Luis Enrique replied: "The difficult thing about leaders is that they are leaders in any situation. When they are substitutes, in the stands, and from there I decide what is best for the team. I want to reward a player who for me deserves to beat all the records."
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