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Toni Kroos expects Sergio Ramos to return to Real Madrid

Toni Kroos expects Ramos to return to Real Madrid
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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos admits that he is confident stalwart defender Sergio Ramos will return to the club following his exit after failing to agree new terms.

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has admitted that he expects stalwart defender Sergio Ramos to return to the Bernabeu despite failing to agree new terms.

The 35-year-old has been at Los Blancos since 2005 and during his 16-year spell he won 22 trophies, but he will now leave the club as he could not reach an agreement with president Florentino Perez over a new contract.

Ramos has attracted interest from Manchester United, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, but the centre-back is believed to prefer a move to Old Trafford.

However, Ramos's teammate Kroos has expressed his confidence in a return for the Spaniard, telling a podcast: "I'm also sure he will be seen again at Real Madrid, whatever his role. It would also be negligent if you don't get someone like that back at the club and keep him, as he can still make a difference in the future.

"I do not know Real Madrid without Sergio Ramos. It was inconceivable that this player was not going to finish his career at Real Madrid. I had hoped he would stay. I don't know where he will go, but I'm sure he will make a good decision.

"The seven years I was able to be with him as a player and as a person were incredible. Ramos was not only a top player but also the best captain I have ever seen, because he always fought for the team on the pitch and off it.

"If you ask 100 opposing strikers which defender they don't want to play against, Ramos' name will be mentioned quite often, and rightly so. So it was always good to have him in our team."

Ramos has scored 101 goals in 671 appearances for Real Madrid, after joining from Sevilla for £27m.

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