Sergio Ramos will join Paris Saint-Germain after signing a two-year contract with the club, it was announced on Thursday.
Ramos, 35, left Real Madrid when his contract expired on June 30 after failing to agree on an extension, ending 16 at the club.
“I am very happy to join Paris Saint-Germain,” said Ramos.
“It’s a big change in my life, a new challenge and it’s a day I’ll never forget. I am very proud to be part of this ambitious project, to be part of this team with so many great players. Paris Saint -Germain is a club which has already proven itself at the highest level. I want to continue to grow and improve in Paris and help the team win as many trophies as possible. “
Ramos had wanted a two-year contract. His salary at PSG is expected to be less than what he earned in Spain and what he would have earned had he stayed at the Bernabeu.
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The defender claimed he “never wanted to leave Real Madrid” and said after long negotiations he wanted to accept a one-year contract, only to be told that the club’s offer had been withdrawn.
“It was not a financial problem. They offered me one year, I wanted two, ”Ramos said at his Real Madrid farewell press conference on June 17. “In the last few conversations, I accepted the offer with a pay cut, and I was told there was no more offer. It had an expiration date and I didn’t realize it. It surprised me.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi, CEO of Paris Saint-Germain, said: “Today Paris welcomes one of the greatest players of our time. We are delighted to announce that Sergio Ramos has joined us. Sergio is a complete footballer, one of the best defenders in the history of the game.
“He is a born competitor, a leader and a true professional. His vast experience and ambition are in perfect synergy with those of the club. I am proud to see him in the Paris Saint-Germain jersey and I know our supporters will give him a fantastic welcome. “
ESPN reported that Ramos was considering approaches from PSG, Manchester City and Bayern Munich and wanted to choose a destination as soon as possible, with family considerations being a big factor in his decision making.
“I haven’t thought of any team yet,” Ramos said last month. “But it is true that since January, when I was free and on the market for contractual reasons, we have had calls to my brother [agent Rene Ramos] interested clubs. We will consider a good option for me. “
Ramos started his career at Sevilla and signed for Real Madrid in 2005 at the age of 19, becoming one of the most important players in the club’s history.
The center-back made 671 appearances for Madrid, scored 101 goals and became club captain in 2015 following the departure of Iker Casillas. He won 22 trophies with Madrid, including four Champions League titles – scoring a crucial 93rd minute equalizer in the 2014 final against Atletico Madrid, as well as the opening goal of the 2016 final – five La Liga titles and two Copa del Rey titles.
He was also part of the most successful Spanish national team of all time, winning Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 as a The Red became the first team to win three successive international tournaments.
Ramos will look to regain his best form in 2021-22 after his contribution in 2020-21 was limited by a string of injuries. He made 15 La Liga appearances last season – by far his lowest total as a Real Madrid player – with just two of them in 2021, and as a result he was excluded from the Spanish squad. ‘Euro 2020 by coach Luis Enrique.