Former Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos has revealed that the club decided to withdraw a one-year contract offer to him by claiming it had expired.
Ramos who burst into tears during his farewell ceremony on Thursday after 16 years said it was never his intention to leave Madrid.
Ramos, who made 671 appearances for Real and scored 101 goals including netting in two Champions League finals, ran down his contract with the 13-times European champions and was unable to agree a new deal with the club.
He said he was offered a one-year contract on a 10% reduction to his previous salary but was holding out for a two-year deal “so my family could have continuity and tranquillity”, only to find out the previous offer had been withdrawn.
“I said ‘ok’ but they told me the offer that was on the table had expired. I respect their decision but it was a surprise,” he told a news conference.
“I didn’t realise the offer had an expiry date. There will be many opinions about me but I’d prefer people to know the full story first and the president and club know it wasn’t about money, they offered me one year and I wanted two.”
Ramos, 35, acknowledged “there were some calls” when he entered the final six months of his contract in January but stressed “leaving Real Madrid was never on my mind”.