Sergio Ramos targeting ‘four or five more years’ at the top despite injury-hit campaign


Sergio Ramos says he has “four or five more years” left at a high level despite struggling for game time since his move to Paris Saint-German.

The 36-year-old endured a concussion campaign for the first time in the French capital, playing 392 minutes in seven of his last seven appearances, just four.

However, the Real Madrid defender was impressed with his return to action when PSG thrashed Clermont 6-1 last year, with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe scoring hat-tricks and Lionel Messi looking to help three.

Ramos finished 99 of the 105 passes he tried – both of which were high-profile matches – as Ligue 1 leaders won the lead.

The defender now says he believes he can play at a very high level until he is in his forties, emphasizing that he feels he is back to normal.

“I see myself playing another four or five years at a higher level, and then I have another experience,” Ramos told Amazon Prime Video in France.

“Here in Paris, I have two more years [on my contract], I will try to make it three, [and one] more, we will see.

“As long as my body is still standing, I think my head is very focused. Now, I am healthy, very happy, and eager to play.”

Ramos’ good distribution back then contributed to PSG finishing 93.6 percent of Clermont’s passes, the highest percentage held by any Ligue 1 team since Opta began recording such details in the 2006-07 season.

Meanwhile, Ramos declined to say whether he preferred international football to the club game, having won Spain an impressive 180 games while winning one World Cup and two European competitions.

He has not officially retired from international duty despite being left out of Luis Enrique’s team at Euro 2020 and is still looking to fight his way back to coaching plans for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“It’s a difficult question to answer,” added Ramos. “The feeling about your country and your country has always been a very big one.

“They both have a different feeling, I can’t keep [only], although in the national team you may wish to be a world champion.”

PSG have 12 points above second-placed Marseille in Ligue 1, and Mauricio Pochettino’s side could take a big step towards winning the French title when they face their nearest rivals on Sunday.

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