Over the years, Real Madrid have seen some of the biggest names in football walk out the exit door over one reason or the another.
Three seasons ago it was Cristiano Ronaldo now, its Sergio Ramos who recently revealed the club offered him a one year contract without indicating an expiry date. Missing the deadline means Ramos will no longer play for Real Madrid.
The irony is that Real Madrid could easily print another contract and offer it to him but, choose not to cause, they all know now is the best time to get rid of the defender if they’re serious about signing Kylian Mbappe.
Madrid president Florentino Perez had to get rid of Ramos after reports emerged that the captain mobilized players to reject Madrid’s stance on reducing wages so as be equipped to pay Gareth Bale mammoth £600,000 wages when he returns.
Secondly, Ramos rejected Madrid’s further cuts in wages knowing that the club were planning to bring in Kylian Mbappe and offer him £550,000 to £450,000-a-week wages.
That action remains the bolt of contention between the player and the club president Florentino Perez.
To get rid of him, all Perez had to do was invent an expiry date which automatically renders his unsigned one year contract null and void.
His exit is massive news to Real Madrid’s decision makers and long term plans.
It now ensures the club can cut the wages of other players, sign Kylian Mbappe and then offer him a good contract.