Real Madrid star defender Sergio Ramos almost signed for Manchester United for the forthcoming season, but now it looks like he is going to stay put at Bernabau after his closed door meeting with the club president Florentino Perez.
Ramos had hinted earlier that he wanted to leave the club in the upcoming season as Real Madrid management did not meet his salary expectations. His relationship with Perez was detoriating and therefore a move to Old Trafford looked seemingly possible.
United had made an official bid ealrier this month, but it was rejected by Real Madrid. Later, the Red Devils was preparing yet another bid for the Spanish defender, but Ramos had something else in his mind.
Ramos met Perez and they discussed his future at Bernabau. Head coach Rafa Benitez confirmed that he is confident that Ramos will stay put at the club after his meeting with the club president, the outcome of which was "optimistic," reported Goal.com.
"I spoke to the president at lunch on Sunday and he told me that he hoped to speak with Ramos. I've asked both about it and they seem to be optimistic. We'll see," said Benitez.
Meanwhile, the United are feeling betrayed after the player reportedly decided to stay back at Bernabau. A source close to Red Devils said that a player of his standard should stick to his words.
"The club was led to believe he wanted to join them and was willing to leave Real Madrid. 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. In the end it appears all he wanted was a new contract at Real and it looks like he's going to get one as well. It's not the sort of behaviour you'd expect from a player of his standing in the game. It's like he's betrayed United," source told Daily Star.