Manchester United has been handed another blow in the transfer market, as Sergio Ramos is set to extend his contract at Real Madrid. It was earlier reported that Ramos wanted to leave Real Madrid to join Manchester United after learning of the Old Trafford club interest.
The blow comes off of news that Barcelona’s Pedro Rodriguez made it clear that he doesn’t want to leave the Catalan giants. Manchester United may now have to look elsewhere for a central defender or may just keep faith in the current option available at the club.
Sergio Ramos has two years on his current contract at Real Madrid however, it was seen as unusual that Florentino Pérez would allow a player of Ramos’ stature to run his contract down to just two years remaining. With the departure of Iker Casillas, Real Madrid could not allow another senior to leave and were determined to hold on the Spanish defender.
It became problematic when Manchester United told Real Madrid up front that in order to sign David De Gea, they would have to transfer Sergio Ramos in return. Da Gea’s position at Manchester United is still undetermined, with the Spanish goalkeeper left out of the squad set to face Aston Villa on Friday.
According to The Guardian, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal spoke of his frustration towards De Gea claiming that the goalkeeper does not want to play for United.
“We talked with him [De Gea] and he fully agreed with our decision,” Van Gaal said.
“I have one assistant coach and another assistant coach so we speak about that kind of thing together. We have a goalkeeping coach, Frans Hoek, and I’m not doing everything alone. Frans Hoek … he has a meeting with David de Gea and he asked him: ‘Do you want to play?'”
Asked what the response was, Van Gaal explained.
“‘No.’ Then I have to take the decision. It is a process. We had been observing him in preparation, he was not so good, he was not the same David de Gea as before. He was my best player last season. According to the fans, he was the best of the last two years.”
How will Manchester United cope in the coming weeks of the transfer window?
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