SERGIO RAMOS has cheekily offered Lionel Messi a place to stay… if the Argentine joins him at Real Madrid.
The pair have been involved in many heated tussles down the years.
But with Messi's contract running down, Ramos would be willing to put it all aside – in order to not have to play against Barcelona's No10 anymore.
The Real Madrid centre-back, 34, said on Twitch: "He could stay at mine for the first week or so.
"He can find his feet and get comfy, I'd be more than happy to do that.
"Us Madrid fans gave had to endure Leo's best years, so not to have to face him every week would be great.
"And to have him with us would obviously help us to win and have more success."
Speculation has been rife around Messi's future since he outlined his intention to leave last August – with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain leading the race for his signature.
But following Joan Laporta's election as club president last weekend, hope has grown that Messi, 33, could yet stay in Catalonia.
But SunSport last night revealed that Messi and his representatives are demanding proof that Laporta can deliver big-name acquisitions if he is to entertain the prospect of staying.
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Laporta is yet to come forward with an offer for the 33-year-old because he still has not got the financial package in place to restructure debts that experts believe have spiralled to more than £1BILLION.
As the end of his contract nears this summer, it is expected Messi and his father will be invited to sit down for talks within the month.
Then the LaLiga giants will attempt to persuade him to finish his career with them.
Ramos too is out of contract this summer, and could leave Madrid after 16 stellar years at the club.
Last night offering an update on his own future, he said: "I wish I could say something, but everything remains the same.
"I’m just thinking about coming back and finishing the season in the best possible way. There’s no news about my renewal, as much as I’d like there to be.
"I’m calm, only thinking about playing again and savouring another title.
"You can’t please everyone, but there is something you can’t erase, everything you’ve won.
"The only thing that I care about is that people know I’m a real guy, that I gave my soul for the Madrid crest.
"I’ve always been direct and face-to-face. I’m honest, humble and hardworking. I can perform at the highest level for five more years, injuries providing."
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