Sergio Ramos Officially Signs New Real Madrid Contract

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured Columnist

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos gestures during the second leg quarterfinal Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday April 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul White)
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Real Madrid confirmed Sergio Ramos' decision to sign a new contract on Monday, a deal which will keep him in the Spanish capital for another five years.

Los Blancos eventually offered Ramos the €10 million annual wage packet he desired, per Ian Herbert of the Independent on Aug. 10, to fend off fierce interest from Manchester United.

The Red Devils were willing to pay greater personal terms—Ed Maylon of the Daily Mirror noted they offered Ramos around £8.5 million (€12.1 million) per year—at which point a high-profile transfer appeared to be on the cards.

El Pais (via Metro's Will Giles) claimed United tabled a £42.1 million bid for the defender on July 21, but even the Red Devils' best offer failed to tempt Madrid. A price of £64 million was quoted by president Florentino Perez to the English giants, according to Marco Ruiz of AS on June 26.

The turning point in a summer-long saga came in late-July. J.F. Diaz of Marca reported it required "face-to-face meetings, firstly with Jose Angel Sanchez and then with Perez" to convince Ramos his future belongs at the Bernabeu.

Real boss Rafa Benitez always remained confident his defender would commit, insisting on July 23 Ramos would "100 percent" be staying, per Steve Bates of the Daily Mirror.

Ramos has been with Los Blancos for 10 seasons. It was always hard to imagine him moving to another club at this stage of his career, regardless of the lure presented by a big-money switch to the Premier League.

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