Real Madrid president Florentino Perez reportedly regrets renewing defender Sergio Ramos’ contract in the summer, according to Alejandro Alcazar of Sport.
The Spanish centre-back was linked with a move away from the Bernabeu before the start of the 2015/16 campaign—including a sensational switch to Manchester United—but instead signed a new five-year deal with the club.
Yet Perez is seemingly growing frustrated with the lack of return on his investment, as Ramos hasn’t been able to emulate the form that made him a household name in Spanish football.
In fact, as his season has been hampered by injury, he’s played just 13 of Real’s 25 matches this season. Unsuccessfully so, too.
Alcazar wrote that with Ramos in the team, Madrid have lost three and drawn four of the 13 games; while without the Spaniard, Los Blancos have chalked up 34 of a possible 36 points.
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So, is the 29-year-old coming to the end of his Bernabeu career?
Well, Real Madrid do appear to be on the hunt for a new centre-back, as they’ve been linked with a £40 million move for Everton star John Stones—per Pete Jenson of MailOnline.
And with Stones, Nacho and Raphael Varane on the books, chances could be few and far between for Ramos.
Elsewhere, the plug has been pulled on Denis Cheryshev’s proposed loan switch to former club Villarreal at the last second.
The Russian has been heavily linked with a move to the Yellow Submarine for the remainder of the season, but new coach Zinedine Zidane feels he can be a useful asset at the Bernabeu.
Cheryshev’s father confirmed that his son will remain in the Spanish capital to TASS news agency (via Sergio Fernandez of Marca):
“At the moment, Denis belongs to Real Madrid and is doing his best to earn himself a place in the team.”
The winger has featured just twice in La Liga this term—per Soccerway—while an appearance in the Copa del Rey saw Real kicked out of the competition as he was suspended.
Real currently sit four points adrift of neighbours Atletico at the top of La Liga, and while the current campaign has been labelled a disaster, they’re still very much in the title race. How Perez operates in the January transfer window could well decide their fate.
Zidane’s men face a string of generous fixtures throughout January, starting with Saturday’s clash against Deportivo La Coruna at the Bernabeu.