Sergio Ramos: I would like Mbappé to stay at PSG

Paris, Jul 13 (EFE).- Spanish defender Sergio Ramos wants to share his experience with Kylian Mbappé and convince him to stay at Paris Saint-Germain, even though he acknowledged the historic significance of his former club Real Madrid, saying that “the best players need to spend time there at some stage.”

During an online interview with Spanish media, the former Real Madrid icon said he was heading into his PSG career “with excitement, starting from scratch.”

On the topic of Mbappé possibly leaving the team, Ramos said he would speak with him in private.

“I would like him to stay here. He is a great player, and young, he can make history. Here, or in Real Madrid if he has to go,” he said. “I want him by my side.”

“He is a decisive player, one that makes a difference and has a great future ahead. Here, he has a team that can help him get there. I’ll contribute with my experience, everything I have learned these years at Real Madrid, and my winning spirit. If that can spread to my colleagues, it can be a success for me.”

Ramos will also play alongside Neymar, a footballer he maintains good relations with, he says, despite having clashed multiple times playing for rival teams.

“I want to play with them, I want to win. Never mind who steps onto the pitch, we all need to work together, contribute at the highest level.”

The defender also praised his former club Real Madrid, which he considers “family,” but he is just as thrilled about the Parisian project.

“I am very happy to integrate the team, and a new culture and city. I am optimistic, courageous, I like challenges and I am eager to keep winning. Hopefully I leave PSG half as happy as I left Real.”

Ramos showed excitement to leave his comfort zone, and refused to find fault with his Real Madrid exit, because “looking back is a mistake.”

If he were to play against Real Madrid in the Champions League, he would not celebrate a goal or victory against the club that cheered for him for 16 years straight, he said.

He also expressed regret over not joining the Spanish national team for the Euro 2020 championship.

“I have missed it. I spent many years there and I would have loved to be there,” he said.

“I will continue to work at the highest level to be back as soon as possible, because I am still motivated for it.” EFE


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