Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos rejected a huge contract offer from Saudi Arabia before opting to join Sevilla on a free transfer.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Saudi Pro League club Al-Ittihad offered Ramos an incredible €20 million per year.

He could have played alongside former Real teammate Karim Benzema, as well as N’Golo Kante and Fabinho, at the Jeddah-based club.

The report also states that Galatasaray were willing to hand the Spaniard a deal worth €11m per year.

The Turkish side have since agreed to sign Davinson Sanchez from Tottenham, for a fee of €10m.

Ramos, meanwhile, decided to return to his former club Sevilla for an annual salary of just €1m.

Ramos back to Sevilla

Ramos becomes Sevilla’s ninth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Loic Bade (€12m), Dodi Lukebakio (€10m), Djibril Sow (€10m), Mariano Diaz (free), Orjan Nyland (free), Adria Pedrosa (free), Rafael Romero (free) and Boubakary Soumare (loan).

The Spaniard came through the club’s academy and made 49 appearances for the senior side before joining Real Madrid for €27 million in 2005.

It was with Los Blancos that Ramos made his name as a world-class defender and he left the club to join PSG after winning 22 trophies during an illustrious period in the Spanish capital.

Last month, Sevilla president Pepe Castro admitted that the 27-year-old had “never been an option”, but he has been proven wrong, as the 2010 World Cup winner has rejoined the club on a free transfer.

The Spanish giants are rock bottom of La Liga, having failed to pick up a single point in their opening three fixtures.

They are the only team in the top flight without a point to their name so far, so Ramos needs to make an immediate impact.

By Lylla

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