Sergio Ramos will leave Real Madrid at the end of his contract this summer, the club have announced. The news will alert the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United who have been reportedly interested in a potential free transfer in this window.
Real say Ramos will hold a press conference on Thursday to confirm his departure.
The club’s statement read: “Real Madrid C. F. announces that tomorrow, Thursday 17 June, at 12:30 p.m., an institutional act of tribute and farewell to our captain Sergio Ramos will be held, which will be attended by our president Florentino Pérez.
“Sergio Ramos will then appear before the media in a virtual press conference.”
Ramos joined Real from Sevilla in 2005 and has had a glittering career at the Bernabeu.
He has made 671 appearances in all competitions, scoring 101 goals.
Ramos has won four Champions League winners’ medals, five La Liga titles, four Club World Cups and three UEFA Super Cups, among other trophies during his time with Los Blancos.
However, he and the club could not come to terms over a new contract and they will go their separate ways.
And that will alert some of the top clubs in Europe, as one of the most successful defenders in the modern era is now available for free.
Chelsea have been linked with Ramos as Thomas Tuchel looks to add strength at the back in his first full window in charge of the Blues.
United are also keen on signing a defender to be the partner of Harry Maguire.
United are interested in another Real player, Raphael Varane, but the fact Ramos is without a club could be attractive to the Red Devils.
Speaking in March, Ramos reiterated his stance that he wanted to stay at Real.
“I wish I could say something, but everything remains the same,” Ramos told reporters.
“All I’m thinking about is coming back and finishing the season in the best possible way. There’s no news of my renewal, I wish I could [say something].
“I’m calm and I’m only thinking about playing again and winning a trophy.”
The 35-year-old inisted he feels like he can play for another five years at the top level.
You can’t please everyone, but there’s one thing you can’t erase: everything you’ve won,” he said.
“The only thing that worries me is that they know that I’m a real guy, that I gave my soul for the Madrid badge.
“I’ve always stood up for myself and I’ve always told the truth. I’m honest, humble and hard working. It is on the basis of performance that the player should be judged.
“I can play five more years at the highest level. If injuries are not too bad, my mentality will help me.”
However, that will not be at Real after his departure was officially confirmed.