Sergio Ramos insists he is in no hurry to discuss a new deal at Real Madrid, but his latest comments have sparked fresh speculation regarding his future.
The World Cup-winning centre-half is considered by many to be the finest defender in world football.
He offers a bit of everything, with bite in the tackle and pace on the deck complemented by a keen eye for goal.
In nine years at Santiago Bernabeu, the 28-year-old has become an on-field leader for a global sporting giant and won just about every major honour.
He has, however, been forced to fend off reports of unrest on a regular basis, and finds himself in a similar situation at present – with contract extension talks stalling in the Spanish capital.
Ramos told Cadena Ser: "It is something that does not worry me at all.
"I have two years on my contract. We have had appointments to speak, but there is no hurry."
He added on his relationship with Real president Florentino Perez: "Thanks to him I fulfilled a dream of playing for the best club in the world and I will be eternally grateful. Our relationship is very close and we talk often."
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The Spanish press are not so sure, though, with it suggested that Ramos - whose Champions League numbers for this season can be seen above - could soon be heading for pastures new.
It would take a sizeable fee to lure him away from La Liga title hopefuls Real, possibly a record-breaking one for a defender, but there would be no shortage of interest were he to become available.
Manchester City and Chelsea have been heavily linked with approaches in the past, and the Premier League heavyweights are among a select group of clubs that boast the financial firepower required to push a deal through.