Aaron Ramsey disappointed by Arsenal contract withdrawal as he answers rumours linking him to Tottenham HotspurOctober 26, 2018
Aaron Ramsey says he has no idea why contract talks with Arsenal have collapsed.
The 27-year-old captained the Gunners during their 1-0 win over Sport Lisbon in the Europa League on Thursday night, but looks set to move on from the Emirates at the end of the season, after the club last month withdrew an offer understood to be a substantial improvement on his current £110,000-a-week deal.
The midfielder has subsequently become the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks, with Manchester United, Liverpool and several foreign clubs, including AC Milan, Inter and Juventus credited with interest.
However, Ramsey has ruled out a move to the Gunners’ bitter rivals Tottenham Hostpur, one of the latest names to have been linked with a possible move for the Welshman, whose wife Colleen recently gave birth to twin boys.
Asked if he would be tempted to cross the North London divide, Ramsey bluntly told reporters in Lisbon: “No.”
Nevertheless, he appears resigned to moving on this summer, and insists he still hasn’t had an explanation for the club’s decision, which is understood to have been taken by those higher than boss Unai Emery.
“We all know the contract has been taken off the table and I still don’t know why because a few weeks before we’d sort of agreed a deal and I was ready to sign,” he added.
“But something happened within the club and I’m not exactly sure what it was.
“Hopefully one day somebody will come up and tell me why they changed their minds.
Aaron Ramsey breaks silence on Arsenal exit but Liverpool and Manchester United might be disappointed for now
Ramsey captained the Gunners during their Europa League win over Sporting on Thursday night
“Maybe I’ll get some clarity when the time is right. If I get some reasons, maybe I can accept them, but that hasn’t happened yet.
“So all I can do at the moment is get my head down and work as hard as I can to help this team for the rest of the season.”
Despite seemingly being left in the dark over his contract situation at the club, Ramsey insists he hasn’t been treated with disrespect by the club.
“These things happen in football and I’m not really thinking too much about that,” he added.
“I’ve got other things in my life that I’m delighted with. My wife had twins last week so everything is good for me at the moment and I can’t complain.”