The center of Spain has cemented its status as the best to play in its position, his club coach insists.
Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos is considered by Zinedine Zidane to be the greatest defender in history.
In midweek, the 34-year-old scored his 100th goal for the Spanish champions when he headed past Samir Handanovic in the Champions League 3-2 win against Inter.
The new deal for Spain International expires at the end of the season, but sources suggest the club is expected to give him a two-year extension in his home country.
Coach Zidane of Madrid continues to be impressed by the exploits of the team captain and sees him in his position as the best ever.
“The best? Of course, he’s one of them,” Zidane told reporters. “What he did, what he was, what he showed in Madrid. He’s the best in history, I guess.”
As winger Eden Hazard and midfielder Casemiro tested positive for Covid-19, Madrid endured a setback going into Sunday’s league meeting against Valencia.
Zidane confirmed that the pair did not exhibit any signs of coronavirus and says they are coping with the situation well.
“Well, I think they’re all right. They’re not pleased about what’s happened, but they’re all right and they don’t have a lot of symptoms physically, but we know it’s difficult,” he said.
I left a message for them and later I’ll talk to them. This can happen, and we have to understand that.
“As a professional, you know what [Hazard] is like. He’s a powerful player. It’s a rough time with injuries and all, but it’s vital that he’s in good spirits. Now he has to wait a week.
“We need to change to the situation. We know that it could be worse. This happened the other day to [Eder] Militao, and today to Eden and Casemiro.
Since the power is in the team unit, we have to recognize that and keep moving forward. There are worse things happening, people are worse off everywhere, but it is disconcerting that the day before a game, the training session today was entirely different.
It’s disconcerting because you don’t know what’s going to happen, what’s going to be good or not at what moment, and that’s what’s going to happen to these two teams.
They are responsible individuals, but sadly it has happened. It could be worse. There are people who are truly, really struggling outside of football in far worse circumstances.
But in the football world, I’m a trainer and I clearly prefer to make them ready for tomorrow.