Real Madrid are preparing to offer new bumper deals to defensive pair Pepe and Sergio Ramos, according to reports.
The Daily Mirror said the Santiago Bernabeu club wants to tie the pair down to long-term deals to fend off any potential admirers. The centre back pairing have both been linked with moves to the Premier League, with big spenders Manchester City watching developments in both cases.
Ramos has a deal that lasts until 2017, and is keen to secure a significant pay rise at the club having established himself as one of the captains and senior players. Pepe’s deal runs out a year earlier, in 2016, but club president Florentino Perez is a big fan of the 30-year-old and wants to keep him in the Spanish capital for the rest of his career.
There would be no shortage of takers for the two defenders – Manuel Pellegrini knows the pair well from his time in charge of Los Blancos and from his time managing other La Liga clubs, while French champions PSG have also been mentioned as a possible destination should moves away from Madrid materialise.
Madrid recently tied down another of their stars to a long term deal – Cristiano Ronaldo – who put pen-to-paper on a contract worth 17 million euros a year.