Sergio Ramos asked to leave Real Madrid on a free transfer, says Florentino Perez

Ramos picked up a yellow card during the Champions League first leg against Ajax

‘Real Madrid could not afford to let its captain leave for free as that would set a terrible precedent for other players’

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos asked to leave the club to join a team in China on a free transfer, president Florentino Perez has revealed.

Perez says Ramos and his agent approached the club claiming they had received “a very good offer from China”, but says Madrid had refused the defender’s request.

“They (Ramos and his agent) came to see me in my office and told me they had a very good offer from China but the league rules over there wouldn’t permit them to pay the transfer fee,” Perez told radio station Onda Cero.

“What was I going to tell him? We said this couldn’t happen but we’d speak to the club to satisfy him but that Real Madrid could not afford to let its captain leave for free as that would set a terrible precedent for other players.”

Ramos picked up a yellow card during the Champions League first leg against Ajax

The 33-year-old Spain defender, who is Madrid’s longest-serving player, has won four Champions League titles but has been blamed for the club’s exit from this season’s competition to Ajax.

Perez told radio station Onda Cero: “They [Ramos and his agent] came to see me in my office and told me they had a very good offer from China. “But the league rules over there wouldn’t permit them to pay the transfer fee. “What was I going to tell him? We said this couldn’t happen but we’d speak to the club to satisfy him but that Real Madrid could not afford its captain leave for free as that would be a terrible precedent for other players.” Ramos has allegedly urged the club to let him accept the huge offer from the unnamed club in China. But the La Liga champions are reportedly willing to put up a fight to keep hold of their longest-serving player this summer. It is understood that he was left considering his future with the club following a bust-up with Perez. Manchester United and Liverpool have also indicated their interest in the 163-cap Spain international. Ramos has achieved legendary status at the Bernabeu since he joined from Sevilla in 2005.

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