Cristiano Ronaldo has urged Sergio Ramos to snub Manchester United and stay at Real Madrid, according to Spanish publication Cadena Cope.
The 29-year-old has two years left on his contract at Santiago Bernabeu and has asked for a better deal, which was earlier rejected by the La Liga giants. Since then, the defender has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United.
Louis van Gaal is keen on signing Ramos and AS reports United have already made a second €60m (£42.5m, $66.8m) bid after their initial offer of €50m (£35m, $55.8m) was turned down by Real.
Ramos is in the United States enjoying his pre-season holiday. Ronaldo called the Spain international and suggested that he will respect the centre-back's decision, if he decides to leave his current employers and joins United.
However, the Old Trafford favourite told Ramos that his leadership qualities in the dressing room are needed at the Spanish capital club. Ronaldo also believes his club-teammate is important in Real's chase of silverware.
The 10-time European champions' president Florentino Perez never spoke to the Real vice-captain. The player's brother Rene Ramos, who is also his agent, has already held talks with Real director general Jose Angel Sanchez at Valdebebas.
Perez was not present at the meeting and the Real chief called Ramos before he left for the US. Perez wants to have a meeting with the player once he returns from his holiday.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo has slammed reports suggesting that he is unhappy at Real. The former United star said he is "very happy" at the best club in the world.
"I would sincerely like the false reports to stop and to be left a little in peace," Ronaldo told A Bola.
"Reports that I have sought to create conflicts between myself and Real Madrid are absolutely false. I am very happy at the best club in the world and very focused and confident of a new season full of successes."