Jurgen Klopp assesses 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid
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Sergio Ramos ended a 16-year stint at Real Madrid in July upon the expiration of his contract by moving to French outfit Paris Saint-Germain. After winning numerous accolades with Los Blancos, the Spaniard is set to take on his old side after the pair drew each other in the Champions League – despite comments in the past that he would ‘never face’ the side from the Bernabeu.
Ramos joined Real Madrid from Sevilla in 2005 in a £23million deal, a record at the time for a Spanish defender.
He won five La Liga titles, four Champions League winners’ medals and two Copa del Rey trophies in his stint in the Spanish capital, becoming a club legend in the process.
Having scored over 100 goals for the team, Ramos established himself as one of the best defenders in the world – so much so that he remained on the shortlist of Europe’s greatest sides even at 35 years old.
And after his move to Paris, it was anticipated that he would not play against his old employers again – especially after Les Parisiens drew Manchester United in the Champions League round of 16.
Yet after the draw was riddled with errors, it was repeated, with PSG ultimately drawing the La Liga leaders – retrieving old comments made by Ramos.
“I would never go to a team that could compete with Real Madrid,” he said in his time under Zinedine Zidane, something which now appears not to be the case given that his PSG outfit will attempt to knock his beloved Los Blancos out of Europe’s elite competition.
Ramos insisted upon the end of his contract that he would rather have stayed at Real Madrid.
However, having fired a shot at president Florentino Perez, he moved to the French capital instead.
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“I would like to clarify that I never wanted to leave Real Madrid, I always wanted to continue here,” he told a press conference in June.
“The club offered me the chance to renew my contract, but with COVID and everything it kept being put off.
“Then in the last months the club made me an offer of one year, with a drop in salary.
“Money was never a problem, the president knew from my mouth that my issue was contract length.
Ramos will face his old side on February 15 at the Parc des Princes.
And he will go back to the Bernabeu just a month later on March 9 in a hotly-anticipated return.
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