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Respected Spanish journalist: Real Madrid star will not join Manchester United


Respected Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague says Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos will not join Manchester United.

The Spaniard is a target for the Red Devils according to reports in Spain with As claiming that the defender is no longer happy in Madrid.

But Balague believes that no club is ready to meet the 29-year-old's £142m buy-out clause in his contract.

"Number one his buy-out clause is 200m euros," Balague told Sky Sports News HQ.

"More importantly, Real Madrid do not want to negotiate, do not want to sell the player.

"You can also mention that Sergio Ramos also wants a new contract. His current one finishes in 2017, he feels he deserves better treatment than he is getting, financially anyway, and I think this is just part of negotiations.

"Of course Manchester United would like to have him. He has allowed these stories to come out as he wants everyone to know he is not fully happy at Real Madrid.

"But with a €200m buyout clause, and that Real Madrid do not want to sell, it suggest to me it will stay put."

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