Paris Saint-Germain have snapped up the services of Spain great Sergio Ramos. The Ligue 1 club announced on Thursday that they have completed a free transfer after Ramos left Spanish giants Real Madrid. The 35-year-old, who has signed a two-year contract, joins PSG after they finished as runners up last season behind current champions Lille in Ligue 1 and were knocked out in the UEFA Champions League semi-final by Manchester City.
Ramos, who was an influential figure at Real Madrid left the Spanish giants last month after failure to reach an agreement over contract extension. Ramos was an influential figure in his 16 year run at Real as he led them to 4 Champions Leagues and helped secure 5 La Liga trophies.
“Paris Saint-Germain is a club that has already proven itself at the highest level. I want to continue to grow and improve at Paris and help the team to win as many trophies as possible.”
Ramos said after signing the dotted line.
The defender missed a major part of last season having been plagued with injuries, and as a result of this ended up being omitted from Luis Enrique’s final European Championship squad. He becomes the newest addition to make the switch, following the announcement of Ashraf Hakimi. The Moroccan born wing back, formerly of Inter Milan is a highly rated player with loads of potential and talent. Having somebody with invaluable experience like Ramos will no doubt prove beneficial in helping him settle in.
“It’s a big change in my life, a new challenge and a day I shall never forget,” Ramos said in a PSG statement.
“I am proud to be a part of this very ambitious project and to join a team with great players. It’s a club which has already proved itself at the highest level with solid foundations. I want to continue to grow with Paris and help the team win titles.”
PSG sporting director Leonardo has also brought in Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool. The club has also been heavily linked with goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who will start for Italy against England in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final.
The Qatari-owned club also hope the significant investment will help persuade French star Kylian Mbappe to sign a new deal beyond 2022 and commit his future to the club. Whether he stays, remains to be seen, with many potential suitors watching attentively.
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