'Ramos and Perez have arranged to meet' – Benitez

The Real Madrid boss says the centre-back seems perfectly at ease despite speculation over his future and is looking forward to facing Inter

Sergio Ramos will meet with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to discuss his future, Rafael Benitez has revealed.

Speculation persists that Ramos could be tempted to leave the Santiago Bernabeu for Manchester United this summer, despite team-mates Pepe and Luka Modric saying they are confident he will commit to the club.

Head coach Benitez says the Spain international seems perfectly at ease in training despite the speculation over his future, but says he will hold talks with Perez in the coming days.

“I wasn’t expecting that question,” he said wryly to reporters in China when asked for an update on Ramos. “During dinner last night I was told that they have arranged to meet but I haven’t been able to talk directly to either of them as I was busy with the team’s training session.

“The president told me that they were going to have a private chat. I watched Ramos score from 25 metres out and he seems fine to me.”

Madrid take on Inter in the International Champions Cup on Monday, and, though he is wary of over-exerting his players in pre-season, Benitez is looking forward to the game.

“Inter are a very strong and prestigious side. For us, it’s always an extra stimulus to play against strong teams,” said the former Napoli boss.

“We have a few players with minor problems and we won’t be taking any risks. My priority is to make sure that all the players are in good form and feel well.

“The training sessions in Australia were fantastic; now we are in good condition we’ll have to wait and see how we get on during the rest of the pre-season.

“It’s always nice to feel the admiration the fans have for the players [in China]. The fans always give us a boost and are asking us for autographs or photographs and that is always good.”

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