Real Madrid may or may not be the best football club in the world, but it is the most famous one. It is the club where media are constantly monitoring every single player’s move. Newspapers tend to search for material to write about and the club although faced with constant pressure does not mind it at all. The more speculation around players arriving and leaving, the more people talk about Real Madrid. The signing of Kiko Casilla, the departure of Iker Casillas and the rumors surrounding Sergio Ramos’ departure have all been a great media stunt and PR campaign for Los Merengues. However, on the pitch the club must keep the Andalucian defender and sign Manchester United’s David De Gea.
Earlier this summer there were plenty of doubts regarding Sergio Ramos’ future at the club, but things aren’t that bad at the Madrid camp, in fact they may not be bad at all. The defender may have had a few issues but everything will be solved. After Casillas, it’s Ramos’ chance to lead the club. The argument that Ramos is getting old is invalid, the player has shown no signs of age and is still a pillar in the heart of his club’s defense. He is the longest-serving member of the current squad and a real leader in the dressing room, it’s been ten years since he arrived from Sevilla and he has no reason to leave.
Personality, technical quality, the ability to lead on and off the pitch and much more are all qualities many defenders lack these days, not Ramos though. At the moment Sergio is among the best around but his abilities go beyond that, he’s a constant threat for opponents as he enjoys a good goal scoring record for a defender. Ramos scored in every single season he played in for Madrid. He led his side past Bayern Munich in the semi-finals and then past Atlético de Madrid in the final of the Champions League. He also scored against San Lorenzo in the FIFA Club World Cup. Ramos means extra points in the league, an extra goal in the knock-out rounds of the Champions League. The player is an investment the club can’t afford to lose.
Despite Real Madrid excessively offering high salaries, Ramos deserves an increase when compared to his team-mates. Players like Toni Kroos, James Rodríguez and Karim Benzema cannot be expected to earn more than the club’s most loyal player and captain. Moreover, a move to Manchester United is not the best choice for him. The English club has clear intentions of returning to compete on the European level but they don’t seem to be at the level of clubs like Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona or Chelsea. There, Ramos is a guaranteed starter but his clubs may lack consistency. For the same reason, David De Gea should join Los Merengues. The goalkeeper can finally return to his country and play for one of its two best clubs. There he will be the undisputed starter. Neither Keylor Navar nor Kiko Casilla can dethrone him and he can aim to win further trophies that he’s unlikely to win while at Old Trafford.
Manchester United’s signing of Sergio Romero means the club are preparing for life after De Gea and its only a matter of time till David leaves. However, Madrid need to speed up the process, they cannot wait to get him for free next season as they will miss out on yet another La Liga trophy and perhaps a Champions League. Time is money and they need to invest in a new goalkeeper as soon as possible before the seasons starts.
Ramos needs his club and his club needs him, the two are inseparable. With him and De Gea on board, the club can start thinking of winning La Liga after winning it only once in the past seven seasons. Ramos’ renewal and the signing of De Gea will spread much needed optimism ahead of Benitez’s first season in charge at the club.