Sergio Ramos is in advanced talks over a return to Sevilla, sources have confirmed to ESPN.
Ramos, 37, has been a free agent since his Paris Saint-Germain contract expired in July.
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The former Real Madrid centre-back attracted interest from Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad, Galatasaray, FC Porto and MLS, sources said, but has opted for Sevilla as he prefers to stay closer to home.
Sevilla — whose LaLiga game at Atletico Madrid was postponed on Sunday on the advice of local authorities, due to a forecast of heavy rain — are hoping to close the deal in the coming hours.
Club president Pepe Castro appeared to rule out a move for Ramos last month, saying he had “never been an option” and said the defender had been offered to the club “directly and indirectly.”
Sevilla — who won the Europa League in May — have had a poor start to this LaLiga season, losing all three matches so far and are bottom of the table.
Ramos was born in Camas, a town just outside the city of Seville, and played for Sevilla as a teenager before joining Real Madrid in September 2005.
He spent 16 years at Madrid, becoming club captain and winning five LaLiga titles and four Champions Leagues — providing one of the most iconic moments in the club’s history with his goal in the 2014 Champions League final — before joining PSG on a free transfer in July 2021.
After an injury-hit first season in Paris and a more impressive second campaign, Ramos left PSG this summer and has since been considering his options.
The former Spain captain retired from international football in February — two years after his last appearance — when he was told he was not part of coach Luis de la Fuente’s plans.
Ramos was a key part of the Spain teams which won three back-to-back international tournaments between 2008 and 2012, including the 2010 World Cup.