Real Madrid will rebuff all Manchester United offers for Sergio Ramos and hold talks with the defender to resolve his future, sources have told ESPN FC.
United are reported to have had a £35 million bid for Ramos rejected, but are said to be prepared to table an improved offer.
However, sources told ESPN FC that Real were not interested in selling the 29-year-old.
Ramos is reported to be unhappy that his contract at the Bernabeu has been allowed to run down to its final two years.
That encouraged United, whose boss Louis van Gaal has been targeting a world-class centre-back ever since taking over, to make their move.
There have been suggestions that the Old Trafford club will demand that Ramos is part of any deal to bring goalkeeper David De Gea to Madrid, but ESPN FC has been told Real have no interest in an exchange.
Madrid president Florentino Perez has personally intervened to convince Ramos to stay, and the club are now expected to offer the player a new deal.
Meanwhile, Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has said he believes the storm around Ramos is intended to secure a fresh contract and stressed he has no interest in becoming involved.
Some reports had suggested Barca could be in the market for Ramos, while another Camp Nou presidential candidate, outsider Jordi Majo,claimed to have been offered an opportunity to sign him.
Laporta told Madrid’s Al Primer Toque that he saw Ramos as “an emblem” of Madrid and added: “I do not want to intervene in negotiations between a player and his board.
“If anyone was looking to improve their contract by using us, I would block it very quickly.”
AS reported that Madrid had started to look at Valencia centre-back Nicolas Otamendi as a potential replacement should Ramos leave.
Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj is hoping to test his skills against the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain during next month’s Tour 2015, presented by Aon.
The Reds will again travel to the United States to take part in the International Champions Cup, a tournament the team won on last year’s trip, and Januzaj is already looking forward to the four matches.
The young Belgian, who made 21 appearances in all competitions during 2014/15, would welcome the chance to play against La Liga champions Barcelona and French title-holders PSG, as well as Major League Soccer side San Jose Earthquakes and United’s opening tour opponents from Mexico, Club America.
“I think the game against Barcelona will be a good challenge, because they’re a massive team. Everyone knows who Barcelona are, and everyone knows Manchester United too, so it will be a great game,” Januzaj told ManUtd.com.
“They’ve got great players, the football that they play is unbelievable, so we’re looking forward to playing that particular game. It will be a good experience.
“It will be a very good test against PSG too,” Adnan added. “They’re also a big club, they have a lot of good players – I look forward to playing against teams like them because they’re massive sides. Not many defenders like to play against Zlatan Ibrahimovic either.”
Januzaj has been impressed by the growth of football in the States in recent years and thinks San Jose Earthquakes will also prove to be tough opposition when United meet them at the California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley on 21 July.
“It’s good to see ‘soccer’, as they say over there, on the rise,” he acknowledged. “It’s getting very good – a lot of big stars are going to play in America, so it won’t be an easy game.
“When we played in Australia, in Sydney, it was a tough one then too. We also played in Thailand and Japan against local teams, and those were two tough games. It’s always hard to play against teams like that.”
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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says pre-season is a vital period because it gives him and his coaching staff prolonged time on the training field with the players.
Van Gaal has a large team of fitness and sports science specialists working alongside him at United in order to monitor every aspect of each player’s fitness level. Those stats will be of prime importance as the Reds aim to be in the best possible shape to kick off the new season, with Tour 2015, presented by Aon, forming a major part of the overall fitness plan.
The boss will lead his side back to the United States in July to take part in the International Champions Cup with matches against Club America, San Jose Earthquakes, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. He says the tour will also provide him with ample opportunities to work on a number of key aspects in training.
“The most important thing is always the training hours on the pitch because that is the time when the players have to cooperate in team tactics. That is what we call team performance and that has to be very good,” he told ManUtd.com and MUTV in an exclusive interview.
“We have a big number of staff, I have never worked with such a big number of staff. For example, we have a fatigue specialist, a warm-up specialist, a strength specialist and I also have an assistant, Jos van Dijk, who creates the programmes for every player with the sports science department.”
Van Gaal, who started work at the club shortly before last summer’s tour, has had a big input into the planning of this year’s trip to the US, including the selection of two training bases in Seattle and San Francisco Bay. He also requested that the team will be fixture-free between flying home after the final match in Chicago at the end of July and starting the new Barclays Premier League season on 8/9 August.
“I asked the board for us not to play the week before our first Premier League match,” the manager revealed. “Last year we played against Valencia a few days before we had to play Swansea City and that was too much. Therefore they have permitted that we don’t play one week before the first game as that [first] match is very important. We want to win it this time and I hope we can start very well.”
Manchester United will open the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season at home to Tottenham Hotspur on the weekend of 8/9 August.
Spurs were beaten 3-0 at Old Trafford last March as Louis van Gaal’s men produced one of the best performances of the campaign. The two clubs last met on the opening weekend in 1997, with United winning 2-0 at White Hart Lane, but this is the first time the Reds have hosted the North Londoners in a first league fixture.
All dates are provisional and are subject to change. For example, United’s match away at Southampton on 19 September could move if the Saints have a Europa League fixture on the preceding Thursday.
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Barclays Premier League fixtures 2015/16
Sat Aug 8 Tottenham Hotspur H
Sat Aug 15 Aston Villa A
Sat Aug 22 Newcastle United H
Sat Aug 29 Swansea City A
Sat Sep 12 Liverpool H
Sat Sep 19 Southampton A
Sat Sep 26 Sunderland H
Sat Oct 3 Arsenal A
Sat Oct 17 Everton A
Sat Oct 24 Manchester City H
Sat Oct 31 Crystal Palace A
Sat Nov 7 West Bromwich Albion H
Sat Nov 21 Watford A
Sat Nov 28 Leicester City A
Sat Dec 5 West Ham United H
Sat Dec 12 A.F.C. Bournemouth A
Sat Dec 19 Norwich City H
Sat Dec 26 Stoke City A
Mon Dec 28 Chelsea H
Sat Jan 2 Swansea City H
Wed Jan 13 Newcastle United A
Sat Jan 16 Liverpool A
Sat Jan 23 Southampton H
Tue Feb 2 Stoke City H
Sat Feb 6 Chelsea A
Sat Feb 13 Sunderland A
Sat Feb 27 Arsenal H
Tue Mar 1 Watford H
Sat Mar 5 West Bromwich Albion A
Sat Mar 12 Crystal Palace H
Sat Mar 19 Manchester City A
Sat Apr 2 Everton H
Sat Apr 9 Tottenham Hotspur A
Sat Apr 16 Aston Villa H
Sat Apr 23 West Ham United A
Sat Apr 30 Leicester City H
Sat May 7 Norwich City A
Sun May 15 A.F.C. Bournemouth H
Dates are subject to change. Fixtures compiled by the Premier League in association with Atos.