Manchester United have received a blow in their chase for Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos after manager Rafa Benitez ensured the defender will stay this summer, Sky Sports reports.
Ramos has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford the past couple of months, with United hoping Real include the centre-back in their offer for star goalkeeper David de Gea.
However, negotiations between the two clubs have come to a standstill, with both parties failing to come to an agreement.
But with Madrid legend Iker Casillas already leaving the Santiago Bernabeu for FC Porto, speculation has resurfaced that the La Liga giants will give one more push for De Gea before the transfer window closes.
Yet, it is expected to be a straight cash offer after Real boss Rafa Bentiez revealed that he is “100-percent certain” that Ramos – who has just been named the new captain – will remain in Spain.
“I have a lot of respect for (United manager) Louis van Gaal, but Sergio will be staying with us,” he said.
“He is our player, our captain. I would like to see him (at the club) at the beginning of the season, because he’s a key player for us.”
Prompted whether Ramos would stay, Benitez replied: “For me, 100 per cent.
“I insist that it is clear for me and the club, Sergio will be here. Football is a curious world, but Ramos will be staying.”
The 29-year-old played 42 games in all competitions last season, scoring seven goals.