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Sergio Ramos has been backed to return to Real Madrid before long after his surprise exit from the club earlier this month.
Ramos, 35, is a bona fide Los Blancos legend and spent 16 years with the club, winning every trophy available to him.
The defender's previous contract with Real Madrid was due to expire this summer and it was expected he would strike new terms for an extension with the club.
But no such agreement was reached and Ramos' departure was announced earlier this month, with the Spaniard later claiming the deal on the table was withdrawn by president Florentino Perez.
Ramos left Real Madrid earlier this month after an astonishing 16 years of service
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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos expects his former teammate will be back at the Santiago Bernabeu before long, however, and tipped him to return either as a centre-back or in a non-playing capacity.
Speaking on his brother's podcast, 'Einfach mal Luppen', the German said: "I'm also sure he will be seen again at Real Madrid, whatever his role.
"It would also be negligent if you don't get someone like that back at the club and keep him, as he can still make a difference in the future."
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Kroos also admitted the news of Ramos' departure came as a great shock to him, as he previously thought it was "inconceivable" for him to leave.
The 31-year-old added: "I do not know Real Madrid without Sergio Ramos. It was inconceivable that this player was not going to finish his career at Real Madrid. I had hoped he would stay."
Kroos said he does not know where Ramos will end up this summer, although the latest speculation suggests Paris Saint-Germain are leading the race for his services.
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"I don't know where he will go, but I'm sure he will make a good decision," said the former Bayern Munich star as he embarked on a heartfelt tribute to his former skipper.
"The seven years I was able to be with him as a player and as a person were incredible.
"Ramos was not only a top player but also the best captain I have ever seen, because he always fought for the team on the pitch and off it."
Kroos added: "If you ask 100 opposing strikers which defender they don't want to play against, Ramos' name will be mentioned quite often, and rightly so. So it was always good to have him in our team."
While Ramos was snubbed for a spot in Spain's squad for Euro 2020, Kroos has played 90 minutes in both of Germany's games so far.
He is expected to line up again as Die Mannschaft face Hungary on Wednesday night in a game which could prove crucial in deciding the final Group F standings.