The Real Madrid squad arrived in China over the weekend, for the next stage of their pre-season schedule, with club president Florentino Perez already waiting there to greet them, along with plenty of eager fans.
The first and most important order of business for Florentino, after the customary publicity events on Sunday, was to sit down for crucial talks with Sergio Ramos. Early impressions from Marca have indicated they went well enough to suggest the defender will stay at Real Madrid, rather than make a much talked about potential move to Manchester United.
Differences between the pair have been festering like an open wound throughout the whole summer, so far. Sunday's meeting was aimed at starting the healing process, with Ramos regarded as a key figure and one who is now captaining his team, following the departure of iconic goalkeeper, Iker Casillas.
Reports in Spain claiming Ramos wants €10 million per season, if he's to sign a new deal, or that he'll seek a similar salary elsewhere, have left the player feeling disappointed that whilst the press continue to link him with Manchester United, his current club haven't offered him any public backing.
A bone of contention that this first meeting was intended to iron out. Accompanied by his brother and agent Rene, it is now believed that money isn't the principal issue for Ramos, albeit one that plays a part, given that he's keen to earn the recognition and rewards he feels he's earned. Especially now as captain.
Florentino is likewise keen to avoid a backlash from supporters, who are already hugely disappointed with the departure of Casillas. Losing another club icon would likely cause a huge outcry amongst fans, against the Real Madrid supremo.
The message thus far according to Marca, is that Ramos has no desire to leave Real Madrid. The player is clear that he wants to see out the rest of his career with the club, but this next contract agreement will arguably be the most important of his career.
Whilst further negotiations are expected when Los Blancos return to the Spanish capital, the presence of Rene Ramos in China with his brother, plus Florentino being accompanied by leading boardroom figure, director general Jose Angel Sanchez, is also being regarded as hinting a new deal could be agreed in the next few days.
Manchester United and Dutch coach Louis van Gaal haven't hidden their interest in Ramos, but for now, it's looking increasingly more likely he'll be staying at the Santiago Bernabeu and not heading to Old Trafford.