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Sergio Ramos: I never wanted to move from Real Madrid despite Manchester United interest

By Mark Bryans

Sergio Ramos has ended speculation over his future by signing a new five-year deal at Real Madrid, insisting he never wanted to leave.

The 29-year-old World Cup winner has been linked with a move to Manchester United but has now committed to Madrid by penning a contract until 2020.

Ramos has also been made the club captain following Iker Casillas' departure, and announcing his new deal alongside Real president Florentino Perez, the three-time Primera Division winner said he was never looking to leave the Bernabeu.

"I know this renewal has taken a while but my heart and head have always been with Real Madrid so I couldn't be happier," he said in a press conference.

"I've never spoken about my renewal. With a contract that had two years to go, whatever the press want to say I respect but the reality is a bit different.

"My idea was to always be here and I always wanted to retire here if the president would allow it, and I'm thankful I have a new challenge to be the captain of this team. The priority is always Real Madrid, keeping our fans happy and winning titles.

"I'm being honest I never said I wanted to leave, I was quiet. I never said anything out of respect for my team-mates and the president, I never rang the office to ask for more money. I'm just very happy that I have renewed and I want to stay here for the rest of my career."

United were reportedly ready to offer Ramos a pay rise in a bid to lure him to Old Trafford after he was identified as one of Louis van Gaal's main transfer targets.

But, having been a Real Madrid player for a decade, the former Sevilla youngster said money is not his main concern.

"Honestly, if it was an economic decision I wouldn't have stayed," he said. "It wasn't a question of money. There were personal and professional things that I needed to organise and that is all sorted."

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