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Benitez makes it clear that Ramos will not be joining Man United

Rafa says Ramos is going nowhere. Credit: PA

Real Madrid captain and centre back Sergio Ramos is "100 percent committed" to the club, said coach Rafa Benitez said on Thursday, amid continued speculation the Spain defender could be on his way to Manchester United.

Louis van Gaal hinted this week he may be pursuing the 29-year-old Ramos who has two years left on his Real contract but is said to be unhappy with the level of his wages.

Ramos could join United as part of a swap deal, with his Spain team mate and goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, going the other way, according to reports in Spain and England.

"De Gea is not our player and Ramos is our captain and a very important player for us," Benitez told a news conference.

"I hope he's still here at the beginning of the season. I want him to stay on, he's a fundamental player for all of us. It's clear to me and the club that he will remain 100 percent committed to Real Madrid.

"I respect Van Gaal and what matters to me is that Ramos stays here."


Real Madrid set to sign Spain goalkeeper

Kiko Casilla, left, is set for Real Madrid, which could mean David De Gea, right, is not. Credit: Reuters

Real Madrid are set to sign goalkeeper Kiko Casilla after he underwent a medical with the club.

Casilla, who has one cap for Spain, started his career at the Santiago Bernabeu, but never played for the first-team.

The Espanyol player been one of the stand-out goalkeepers in La Liga in recent years and his arrival is likely to end the club's interest in David De Gea this summer.

Casillas to leave Real Madrid for Porto

Iker Casillas is off to Portugal. Credit: PA

Real Madrid have announced that Iker Casillas' 725-game stay with the club is at an end.

The Spanish club said on their official website that they had agreed a deal with Porto for their 34-year-old captain.

Casillas joined Real's youth academy in 1990 and has been with the club ever since, winning 17 major honours in that time.


Real Madrid have goalkeeper bid rejected

Kiko Casilla, left, has one international cap to his name. Credit: Reuters

Espanyol president Joan Collet has said his club have rejected a bid from Real Madrid for goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.

Madrid are seeking a replacement for club captain Iker Casillas, who is expected to join to Porto, and although Manchester United's David de Gea remains their number one target, it appears Casilla is also on their radar.

On Saturday, Espanyol announced on Twitter: "Collet has met the media. He explained that the club has rejected the only bid of K. Casilla by R. Madrid."

Marcelo extends Real Madrid contract by two years

Real Madrid have extended the contract of Brazilian left-back Marcelo for two further seasons, the Spanish giants announced on Friday.

Marcelo has committed his future to Real Madrid. Credit: PA

The move sees Marcelo tied down to the Bernabeu stadium until 2020.

A statement from Real Madrid read: "Real Madrid announces it has extended the contract of Marcelo until June 30, 2020, for the next five seasons."

The 27-year-old joined Real in a six million euro transfer from Brazilian club Fluminense in January 2007 and is the third most veteran player at the club, behind team captain Iker Casillas and vice-captain Sergio Ramos.

The Brazil international has made 320 appearances for Real in his nine years at the club.

Reports: Real Madrid offer World Cup star to Man United

Real Madrid are reportedly willing to offer Man United this man. Credit: PA

Real Madrid have offered Keylor Navas to Man United as part of their ongoing negotiations for David de Gea.

That's the latest rumour to come out of Spain today, where Marca claim Louis van Gaal may be tempted by the prospect of landing the goalkeeper who impressed at last summer's World Cup.

In fact, it was the Costa Rican's standout performance against Van Gaal's Dutch side, where he pulled off numerous key saves leading up to the penalty shoot-out, that made him such hot property in Europe.

United, meanwhile, remain determined to land Madrid's experienced centre-back, Sergio Ramos, and are expected to block De Gea's transfer unless Madrid allow him to leave.

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