Real Madrid shine as model for new home kit for next season… but there is no Sergio Ramos in photoshoot

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Real Madrid shine as a model for next season’s new home kit… but there is no sign of Sergio Ramos in the photo shoot with the club captain facing an uncertain future with his contract at the end of this month

  • Real Madrid have released their brand new home kit for the 2021-22 season
  • Stars to pose in the kit included striker Karim Benzema and defender Marcelo
  • Club captain Sergio Ramos did not participate in photo shoot during exit interview
  • The defender’s contract expires at the end of this month and there is no deal yet
  • Reports linked the 35-year-old with a move to Manchester City next season

Real Madrid have launched their new home kit for the 2021-22 season, but club captain Sergio Ramos was absent from the photo shoot due to doubts about his future.

The 35-year-old defender’s contract expires at the end of this month without an agreement between Real and their captain in sight. Ramos has spent the past 16 seasons in Santiago Bernabeu, scoring over 100 goals.

The Spaniard was not chosen by the LaLiga giants to wear their new jersey for the new season, with Karim Benzema, Marcelo, Marco Asensio and Casemiro being chosen for the shoot.

Real Madrid released their home kit for next season, but one star missed the photo shoot

Club captain Sergio Ramos was not chosen to pose in the new uniform due to doubts about his future

Club captain Sergio Ramos was not chosen to pose in the new uniform due to doubts about his future

Fede Valverde, Vinicius and former Chelsea winger Eden Hazard also posed for images of them in the new tracksuit, which is linked to the home shirt.

Members of the Real Madrid women’s team – which finished second in the top Spanish league behind Barcelona this season – also adorned the new kit, which features blue and orange stripes alongside the traditional Los Blancos white.

The kit also features the club’s motto ‘This is greatness’ on the shirt, which also includes references to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, which is still under development.

Real stars featured in the shoot included Fede Valverde, Rodrygo and Marco Asensio

Real stars featured in the shoot included Fede Valverde, Rodrygo and Marco Asensio

Vinicius Junior and Eden Hazard also showed the club's new training gear for next season

Vinicius Junior and Eden Hazard also showed the club’s new training gear for next season

Real claim the kit is “designed to reflect the spirit and sense of unity of the club with its fans”, while the design “symbolizes the community of the Madridistas” through the spiral graphics on the shirt.

According to reports on Monday, captain Ramos would meet with Real president Florentino Perez on Friday to discuss a new contract.

The 35-year-old is reportedly looking for a new two-year deal, but the LaLiga giants are unwilling to budge on their club policy of making one-year deals for players over the age of 30.

The Real Madrid women's team player also posed in the new blue and orange striped kit

The Real Madrid women’s team player also posed in the new blue and orange striped kit

Club captain Ramos' contract expires at the end of this month without an agreement being reached

Club captain Ramos’ contract expires at the end of this month without an agreement being reached

Real competition for Ramos’ signature next season, as Manchester City are reportedly willing to offer the defender a two-year deal at the Etihad Stadium, with manager Pep Guardiola admiring the veteran’s leadership qualities.

The Premier League side lost Eric Garcia on Tuesday morning after the young defender completed a transfer to Barcelona, ​​while fellow centre-back Aymeric Laporte was reportedly unhappy with his playing time in Manchester this season.

Ramos would reportedly be offered a two-year deal at the Etihad Stadium with the option of a third year if performance is at an acceptable level, or a move to City’s MLS sister club New York City FC.

Pep Guardiola's (left) Manchester City reportedly ready to sign Ramos next season

Pep Guardiola’s (left) Manchester City reportedly ready to sign Ramos next season

The centre-back has spent the last 16 seasons in the Spanish capital with Real, leading them to five LaLiga titles, four Champions League trophies and four more Club World Cups.

But the veteran defender has struggled with several long-term injuries over the course of the season, forcing Spanish manager Luis Enrique to leave him out of the country’s European Championship squad for the summer.

Ramos played 21 times for Real this season due to injury setbacks, as Los Blancos finished the 2020-21 season as runners-up in LaLiga and Champions League semi-finalists for Chelsea.

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