Sergio Ramos is a man who's never far away from the headlines and over the weekend he certainly grabbed the majority of them in Spain, Europe and China.
Rumours surfaced that the Real Madrid skipper had told club officials that he wanted a transfer away from the Spanish capital, rumoured to be seeking a free transfer to the Chinese Super League.
The 33 year-old has made over 600 appearances for Los Blancos since joining from Sevilla back in 2005, where he's established himself as one of the best and most successful defenders of all time. He's regularly been linked with moves away from the club over the last few years, which have often sufficed in bumper new contracts. But with him at the age of 33 and off the back of one Real's worst seasons in their modern history, could he actually be set to leave this time?
His relationship has deteriorated with the club as the campaign has progressed, mainly with club president Florentino Perez. Quotes coming from the Ramos camp indicate that he wants a 'total divorce' from the club. He's growing disillusioned at the Bernabeu for a number of reasons, with the main one believed to be Perez insinuating that he's to blame for their shock Champions League exit at the hands of Ajax.
In the closing stages of their 2-1 first leg victory in Amsterdam, Ramos was shown a needless yellow card which resulted in him being suspended for the second leg in Spain. Real went onto to lose 4-1 on home soil, stunning their supporters, the rest of Europe and Ramos who watched on from his private box. It's a defeat that still hurts and Perez is evidently still not over it if Ramos' comments are believed to be true.
This is a huge summer for Real Madrid for a number of reasons and losing their captain and arguably their most influential player is not a good place to star their planning for next season. But is it all just a ploy to get a big new contract or is he actually wanting to leave?