Football: Ramos banishes transfer speculation by inking new five-year deal with Real

Sergio Ramos waves during a training session. The Real Madrid captain has quelled rumours he will be transferring by signing a five-year deal.
Sergio Ramos waves during a training session. The Real Madrid captain has quelled rumours he will be transferring by signing a five-year deal. PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has ended talk surrounding his future by signing a new five-year deal with the Spanish giants, the club confirmed on Monday.

He had been courted by Manchester United during a stand-off in negotiations between his representatives and Madrid president Florentino Perez over the Spanish international's salary.

United and Madrid have been locked in transfer talks all summer, with Real still hopeful of landing Ramos' international team-mate David de Gea before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

Ramos will be club captain for the first time this season after Iker Casillas' 18-year career at the Bernabeu came to an end when he joined Porto last month.

By committing to stay at the Bernabeu, Ramos has offered a huge lift to a Real side in need of a confidence boost ahead of the kick-off to the La Liga campaign next weekend.

Ramos was among a host of high-profile first-team players, including Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez, who showed their discontent at the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti in May.

The appointment of Rafael Benitez as Ancelotti's successor was met with scepticism by the vast majority of the fans. Perez has unusually decided against the lavish signing of a "galactico" this summer, instead settling for a deeper and younger squad.