SERGIO RAMOS has urged Real Madrid to release him so he can take up a huge offer from the Chinese Super League, reports in Spain say.
But the Bernabeu and Spain skipper, 33, is said to have been rebuffed by Real chiefs after meeting president Florentino Perez to pleade his case.
LaSexta claim Ramos demanded: “I want the letter of freedom.”
But the response from the La Liga giants was: “Real Madrid can not give up their captain.”
Bernabeu manager Zinedine Zidane still wants the experience and guile offered by Ramos, to add stability to what could be a sizeable summer revamp.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, and Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard, 28, reportedly top Zidane’s wishlist.
And former Tottenham wideman Gareth bale, 29, is the big name most likely to exit the Bernabeu.
But even the possibility of Ramos leaving will be a shock to Real fans.
The ex-World Cup winner has won the Champions League four times and four La Liga crowns in his 14 years at the bernabeu.
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Yet Spanish journalist told El Chiringuito Ramos’ future is in the balance.
Sanz said: “It is not clear that Sergio Ramos will continue at Real Madrid.
“The situation is at 50 per cent. The situation is still tense.”