Sergio Ramos has turned down several Real Madrid extension this year but is now willing to remain, although Los Blancos have begun planning for life without him.
Sergio Ramos is now willing to stay at Real Madrid according to reports, but Los Blancos may have already decided to let him go.
The Spanish defender's future has been a talking point for much of the season and he has less than a month until he is a free agent.
Ramos is now willing to stay put in Madrid with a 10 per cent pay cut.
The 35-year-old is believed to earn an eye-watering £312,000-per-week, making him the top earner at the club.
Madrid have seen two offers knocked back by Ramos and have no plans to table a fresh offer, according to AS, which could leave the centre-half looking for a new club.
Los Blancos have just re-hired Carlo Ancelotti and are planning for life without him.
It serves to show how quickly things can change with former manager Zinedine Zidane saying earlier this season that he expected him to stay.
He said: "He is looking well, because he is convinced that he will continue and that is the most important thing."
"I see him playing football for many years because he is someone who takes great care of himself. If you want to continue and take care of yourself, you have a great chance of continuing for a long time and I'm not surprised by what he does."
Ramos situation not helped when he was forced into mid-season surgery in January after tearing a meniscus in his left knee.
It was the first time during his career that the World Cup winner had dealt with a long-term injury.
It may have been part of the reason Perez was so hesitant to offer a new deal, perhaps feeling that the signs were telling him it was time to part company with Ramos
The defender though was determined to go out on his own terms when he came out with a bullish statement.
He said: "I have earned the right to make whatever decision I want. I will perform at the highest level. If not, I stay at home. If not, it wouldn’t be worth it. That I’m fine with my age is no accident."
Madrid's hand have been somewhat tied though given their financial situation.
A 10 per cent pay cut for Ramos would still see him earn north of £250,000-a-week.