Ram­sey: I won’t leave in Jan­uary de­spite con­tract break­down

Tehran Times - - SPORTS -

Aaron Ram­sey has said he won’t seek a Jan­uary exit from Arse­nal and that he thought he had reached a new deal with the club be­fore con­tract talks broke down.

Ram­sey looks set to leave the Emi­rates on a free trans­fer next sum­mer af­ter the club with­drew a con­tract of­fer to their long­est-serv­ing player last month. The mid­fielder, though, has in­sisted he will see out the last year of his deal rather than seek a move mid-sea­son.

“Of course [I will see out the sea­son], yeah,” Ram­sey said af­ter Wales’ 4-1 loss to Spain on Thurs­day. “I am con­tracted to Arse­nal and I am go­ing to do my best now this sea­son to try and achieve some­thing spe­cial.”

Ram­sey also dis­cussed the con­tract talks pub­licly for the first time since ne­go­ti­a­tions col­lapsed and in­di­cated that he had been ready to sign a new deal when the club’s of­fer was re­scinded.

“Ev­ery­thing has been go­ing great with the club,” he said. “We thought we were in a po­si­tion where we had agreed a deal but that’s no longer the case.

“So I just have to carry on play­ing my foot­ball and do my best for Arse­nal this sea­son and I’ll leave the rest with the club now. That’s a de­ci­sion that they have made. I just have to get on with it and carry on play­ing the best I can.”

Ram­sey came off the bench to fin­ish off a spec­tac­u­lar team move with a neat back­heel flick in the team’s 5-1 win at Ful­ham be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break, al­though his start­ing po­si­tion in the team is un­der re­newed threat from Alex Iwobi and Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan.

As a free agent he is ex­pected to face wide­spread in­ter­est from clubs in Eng­land and abroad next sum­mer, with Ju­ven­tus re­port­edly in­ter­ested in sign­ing the mid­fielder.

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