Sevilla sporting director Monchi has admitted that the Andalusian club failed when it came to the way in which Sergio Ramos‘ departure from the club was handled back in 2005.
The centre-back made the switch to Real Madrid for 27 million euros and now, almost 16 years on, he has announced that he will leave the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu when his contract expires on June 30 and become a free agent.
When asked about Ramos‘ departure from Sevilla, Monchi wishes that he had handled it in a similar manner to the way that he did with Jose Antonio Reyes‘ sale to Arsenal.
“It makes me sad. I would like to make a statement in favour of Sergio,” Monchi said during an interview on Canal Sur with former referee Antonio Jesus Lopez Nieto.
“Just as the sale of Reyes earned us a lot, so did the sale of Sergio. Maybe we all got the messaging wrong.
“I raise my hand the main one [responsible], because we were not able to sell that sale [to the fans] as well as we did with Jose Antonio.
“Reyes was always loved and Sergio… I hope that time will heal those wounds and he will be recognised for what he was: a magnificent player who gave us a lot.”
Ramos not so open to rejoining Sevilla
Some have linked Ramos with a potential return to Sevilla, his first club, but he didn’t sound so optimistic during his farewell press conference.
“Sevilla are a club in my heart, but right now I’m not contemplating that option and I don’t know if they’d consider me,” the 35-year-old said.