Joaquin Caparros, the manager responsible for giving Sergio Ramos his professional footballing debut at Sevilla, has reacted to the player signing a new deal with Real Madrid. A deal that ties the star to the club until 2020.
The Red Devils had been strongly linked with an approach for the 29-year-old centre-back, but in the end their advances met with frustration, once news began to filter through that he had no intention of leaving Real Madrid.
An apparent source from Old Trafford told The Star at the end of July: "He was urged to make his feelings public to help speed up the transfer, but it now looks like he was playing a game all along... It's like he's betrayed United."
Also in absolutely no doubt that Ramos would remain at Real Madrid, rather than head to Manchester United, Caparros insisted: "Sergio, for his own merits, has a lot of credibility and the club had to listen to his requests. In the end, the logical has happened."
In addition, Caparros believes Ramos is far more than just a central defender, enthusing: "Sergio is a centre-back, but he has innate qualities such that in extremely difficult situations, he can slot into other positions."
Reflecting on having being the manager who provided Ramos with his professional springboard, Caparros recalled: "When you give a young lad their debut, you never know how far they're going to go, but I gave him his debut because he was exceptionally talented."
After impressing hugely in the Sevilla youth system, Caparros handed Ramos his La Liga debut on 1st February 2004, coming on as a 64th minute replacement for Francisco Gallardo, in a 1-0 defeat against Deportivo La Coruña at Riazor.
In the following summer of 2005, Real Madrid splashed out a then record fee for a Spanish teenager, paying Sevilla a whopping €27 million for the youngster from Camas.