Ramos returns to boyhood club Sevilla on free transfer
Updated 04/09/2023 at 15:48 GMT
Sergio Ramos has completed a free transfer to Sevilla, where he began his professional football career. The 37-year-old defender won 22 trophies at Real Madrid and three with Paris Saint-Germain. Ramos had been a free agent since the summer, but has decided to reject offers from Saudi Arabia and Turkey in favour of a move to Sevilla who are in the UEFA Champions League group stages this season.
Sergio Ramos smiles during Joaquin Sanchez Tribute Match at Estadio Benito Villamarin on June 06, 2023 in Seville, Spain
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Sergio Ramos has returned to his boyhood club Sevilla after rejecting a big-money move to Saudi Arabia.
Ramos, 37, has signed a one-year contract and has reportedly taken a major pay cut to return to Andalusia.
“Today is a very special day for me. Very emotional,” he said on the club’s X, formerly known as Twitter, page.
“I’m finally coming home and I’m looking forward to the moment when I can feel the Sevilla shirt and have this crest on my chest again.”
The former Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain defender had been a free agent since leaving the Ligue 1 champions in the summer.
Ramos looked set to complete a move to either Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad or Turkish club Besiktas, but Sevilla came in with a late offer for the defender to secure his return after 18 years away.
Speaking before his move was completed, Ramos said: “It would have been pointless going anywhere else, without coming back here to play first.
“I think it was a debt to my grandfather, to my father, to Sevillismo, to Puerta [former Sevilla player Antonio Puerta who died in 2007] and many things that have meant a lot. I think it was time. We’ll leave the rest for later.”
Ramos came through the youth ranks at Sevilla and made his senior debut in February 2004 before completing his move to Real Madrid in 2005 where he went on to win five La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League trophies.
At PSG he won two Ligue 1 titles and a Trophee des Champions to add to his list of honours.
Sevilla are currently bottom of La Liga, having lost all three of their opening matches this season.
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