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It would be detrimental to Mourinho's plans if he was to sell Ramos.
Even without being a football fan, it’s a simple enough question, albeit one that comes in two parts:
- If one of the biggest teams in the world has one of the best defenders in the world, should they sell him?
- If they do sell him, who is likely to buy him?
If you answered “no” and “a rival team,” give yourself one or two pats on the back, depending on how generous you’re feeling.
It just doesn’t make any sense to sell Ramos when any player that’s brought in to replace him is likely to be inferior at that position. Real aren’t exactly known as a selling club, so any decision they make to sell one of their players will be explicitly on their terms.
Ramos isn’t a habitual underperformer, so there are no grounds to sell him on the back of deteriorating form. He is still only 26, so there are no arguments to be made that he is past his best and the team is better off looking to the future.
If Ramos was to leave the club, it would be because his situation, to quote John Terry, had been made untenable at Madrid. This wouldn’t be the first time something like this happened in football, but when that option is considered, a further danger arises for Real.
A cursory search for would-be buyers of Ramos reveals a familiar list: Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City and Arsenal.
Assuming that Real would never sell him to Barcelona—and Ramos’ well-publicised loyalty to the Bernabeu would also seemingly prohibit it—that leaves the English teams as potential destinations.
While not in direct competition with Real in Spain, the football world is a lot smaller these days, so perennial Champions League competitors are treated as rivals in a similar manner to teams from the domestic league..
Selling to one of these teams would be to offer them an advantage that could feasibly be the difference in a Champions League campaign. It’s poor business, whichever way it’s spun, and Madrid aren’t in the business of being poor.