United have pursued Ramos over the summer but the defender has been appointed the new club captain in place of Iker Casillas and appears set to play a leading role under Rafa Benitez.
Ramos told Real Madrid he wanted to leave the club earlier this summer as he had not been offered the annual €10 million contract he feels he deserves, with Madrid’s latest offer reported to be €9m.
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But it is believed an agreement is moving closer and United’s chances of signing the Spain international are diminishing, even if David De Gea does move to the Bernabeu.
Now the Daily Mail has revealed details of a crucial meeting which took place between Perez and Ramos.
Sources close to Ramos suggest that in heated talks held at the Ritz-Cartlon hotel in Guangzhou, China, last weekend the president admitted he would be forced to resign by angry supporters if he sold the club captain.
Perez was jeered at the Santiago Bernabeu during the send-off given to goalkeeper Iker Casillas and fans sang for him to resign and for Ramos to stay at the club.
That left the Real Madrid president in little doubt that he couldn't possibly sanction Ramos' move to Old Trafford so soon after having given another club legend such a shoddy send-off.
Florentino Pérez, presidente del Real Madrid.
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Real Madrid have been scrutinised for their lack of homegrown talent, particularly in the wake of the departure of Casillas, and losing a key member of the Spain set-up would not have been well received by supporters at all. Ramos staying is crucial for Perez – so why not offer him the deal he wants?
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