Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez insists Sergio Ramos will not be leaving the club after labelling the centre-back a “winner”.
Manchester United have been tipped to sign the 29-year-old after talks stalled with Madrid over a new contract, which expires in June 2017.
Nevertheless, Benitez reiterated that Madrid have no intention of selling Ramos, with the Spain international part of the club’s pre-season training tour of Australia.
“There is a lot of talk about his [Ramos’] situation. For me he is an enormous professional. He applies himself and does everything that the team and I ask,” Benitez told reporters ahead of Madrid’s opening International Champions Cup match against Roma on Saturday.
“The president [Florentino Perez] has already commented that he is staying with the club.”
Benitez, who demanded that his side improve defensively after watching them concede more more goals in La Liga than champions Barcelona, rivals Atletico Madrid and Valencia last season, then confirmed the importance of Ramos.
“I have spoken to him at length in the summer about his ideas and his future,” the former Napoli coach continued.
“I see Sergio as an integral part of our team. He is a winner and that is what we need in our team.”
The Spain international, who moved to the Bernabeu in 2005, is expected to be made captain following the departure of goalkeeper Iker Casillas to Porto.