I almost joined Manchester United last summer – Sergio Ramos

Real Madrid defender, Sergio Ramos, has affirmed reports of a switch from the Spanish capital to Manchester United last summer.

Ramos, 30, was linked with a move to the English giants, but he ultimately signed a new five-year contract at the Bernabeu.

Asked if there was an official offer from United and if he ever considered leaving Madrid, he told COPE, “Yes, for a moment I thought about a change of scenery, but in the end my priority was always Real Madrid and I thought about that for other reasons.”

“There are always lots of things said, and I have always said the same, attention from a big club is always a sign that you are doing well. But as long as my fans and my club want me, my main thought is to retire here.”

Ramos was further asked about Madrid’s pursuit of United’s goalkeeper, David De Gea, whose proposed move to the club fell through last year and the former Sevilla man gave an unbiased thoughts.

“To speak about players who are not here would be a lack of respect for my teammates – Keylor (Navas), Kiko Casilla, Ruben the third keeper – but I have always said the best players should be here, and if the people at the top consider that he must come, for me De Gea is one of the best,” Ramos said.