Melbourne - Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric has entered the debate on the potential exit of Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.
Ramos, a World Cup winner with Spain in 2010, is Real Madrid's longest-serving player and has been handed the captaincy following the departure of long-serving goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
Madrid midfielder Modric wanted Ramos to stay with the ten-time European champions.
"I hope that he stays," the Croatian player said.
"He's a very important part of the team. He's our captain and our leader, both on and off the pitch."