Sergio Ramos reportedly refuses to negotiate further with Real Madrid

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The 29-year-old Spain international appears to be a step closer to Old Trafford, following reports he's underlined a determination to leave Real Madrid.

The front page of Thursday's edition of Marca has made it abundantly clear. The future of Sergio Ramos is heading towards a departure from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer. Their headline declaring the player: "Won't back down."

This in relation to his salary demands, with Real Madrid having made a final offer of €7.5 million per season, which is still a considerable distance from the €10 million he has been seeking, whilst also requesting the club allows him to be sold this summer.

Nevertheless, it's not just a matter of money according to Spanish radio network, Cadena SER, who reported during their broadcasts on Wednesday night, that it's not simply a question of money for the player now.

It's a matter of principal for Ramos, they believe, with the 29-year-old defender not only rejecting the contract renewal terms offered, but edging ever closer to joining Manchester United, following reports a formal offer has been received from Old Trafford.

The deteriorating relationship with Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, is also highlighted as another key factor, with Ramos apparently feeling completely disenfranchised that his years of service, aren't being given the respect they deserve.

Add to this the frustrations of Ramos, that his level of professionalism and commitment to Real Madrid have been called into question, particularly by sections of the Spanish media and without any signs of support from his club, appear to be the final straw as far as the player is concerned.

Marca and Cadena SER both share the view that over the coming days, Manchester United will return with a higher definitive offer, which could ultimately prove acceptable for Real Madrid and work out at just shy of £40 million.

Inevitably, the future of De Gea is considered a separate negotiation, but one that is inextricably linked with that of Ramos. At this stage, the view is that if Manchester United accept a 'fair' offer from Real Madrid for the goalkeeper, they will reciprocate in kind, regarding any offer for their star defender.

As such, if these latest reports from Spain are to be believed, Ramos doesn't appear to be simply utilising Manchester United to get a better deal at Real Madrid, as has been the suspicion of former stars such as Rio Ferdinand, or various English media outlets.

His intentions are indeed to leave, although the Red Devils will face competition from Bayern Munich, with Pep Guardiola urging his German champions to match any bid from England.

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