Not much went Sergio Ramos’ way over his first season at Paris Saint-Germain. From his nagging calf injury to not playing in a single UEFA Champions League fixture for PSG, it was a season to forget.
Speaking during a press conference (via RMC Sport) on Tuesday ahead of PSG’s UEFA Champions League away group stage fixture against Juventus, Ramos took a look back on his sluggish debut campaign with the Ligue 1 side. The veteran Spanish center-back pinpointed injuries as one reason behind his forgettable first season at PSG.
“Last season was difficult because I suffered injuries and I had to adapt to a new club after spending almost my entire career at Real Madrid,” Ramos said. “These are stages that you have to overcome. I have been injured very little in my career and a lot last season, that’s how it is. I faced it and I hope I won’t have to do it again.
“These are things that affect your life both professionally and personally. Effort, high standards, professionalism and perseverance have been keys to overcoming these challenges. I came here thinking I was going to play my best, and I think I am now.”
As it stands, Ramos will become a free agent at the end of the season, as he will then have the opportunity to sign with any club on a free transfer deal. For the moment, he is not paying much attention to this matter.
“Regarding my contract extension, I only think about playing and being at my best level,” Ramos said. “We’ll see what happens at the end of the season. I am very happy that PSG made an effort to sign me more than a year ago. I hope I can return the favor with good performances over time and titles for our fans.”
For now, Ramos is slated to start in PSG’s upcoming Champions League matchup against Juventus, where a win for the Ligue 1 side will clinch it Group H.