Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has claimed that Sergio Ramos “never wanted” to leave the club to join Manchester United over the summer.
The Spain international was heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford for much of the window just gone.
Reports claimed that Ramos himself was desperate to make the move, but eventually he opted to sign a new contract at Real after being named the club’s captain following the exit of Iker Casillas.
The news came as a blow to United and prompted talk that the defender had used interest from Manchester to force the La Liga giants into handing him a new deal.
However, Perez has revealed that his player was “never” interested in playing for United and that negotiations between the parties involved were conducted smoothly:
“Ramos never wanted to leave Madrid and Madrid never wanted him to leave,” Perez told Cadena COPE (via talkSPORT).
“It took us five minutes to fix it.”
It was claimed that United were insisting on Ramos being involved in any deal for David de Gea, who has now signed a new contract at the Theatre of Dreams.