Former Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos has said he will never play for rivals, Barcelona during his farewell speech on Thursday after 16 years in Spain capital city.
“Life goes on, an era has finished and a new one is starting. Now is not the moment to talk about other clubs but we’ll find the right one for me.”
A venture abroad to either Paris St Germain in Ligue 1 or the Premier League look like his most likely destinations due to his high salary, and he dismissed suggestions he could return to boyhood club Sevilla.
“Sevilla is another club close to my heart and I had a marvellous time there but today I’m not contemplating that option and neither are they,” he said.
He also laughed off a question on whether he could join Real’s eternal rivals Barcelona, saying “it’s a resounding no”.
Ramos lifted the lid on the long-running contract negotiations after the club held a farewell ceremony at the Valdebebas training ground for him a day after confirming he would be leaving.
The defender, who joined Real aged 19 and went on to win 22 trophies including four Champions Leagues, was soon overcome with emotion.
“One of the most difficult moments in my life has arrived, you are never prepared to say goodbye to Real Madrid but the time has come,” he said before bursting into tears.
Club president Florentino Perez, who brought Ramos to Real from Sevilla in 2005 for 27 million euros ($32 million), a then record fee for a Spanish defender, thanked the player for “making Real Madrid’s legend even greater and ensuring it is the most admired club in the world”.