Sergio Ramos knows he faces a make-or-break season at Real Madrid. El Mundo Deportivo says Real's new board have decided they will seek to cash in on Ramos at the end of the season if he fails to impress in the coming campaign. The defender is aware of the discussions and knows his Real career is now on a knife-edge.

There are concerns within the Florentino Perez camp that Ramos has not lived up to his €26 million price-tag and his failure to play in any preseason games has raised eyebrows. There are also concerns about the company Ramos now keeps.