‘Suddenly the contract was gone’: Aaron Ramsey reveals how he left Arsenal after a new deal offer was mysteriously withdrawn… as the Welsh star tries to get back on track at Nice after Juventus struggle
- Aaron Ramsey left Arsenal in the summer of 2019 and signed for Juventus
- The Wales midfielder has revealed that The Gunners had offered him a new contract
- But this was taken off the table, so he left for Turin on a free transfer
- Ramsey, 31, is now at Ligue 1 club Nice after a difficult time in Turin
Aaron Ramsey has revealed how Arsenal withdrew a new contract offer after agreeing to the terms just before his departure from the Emirates Stadium in 2019.
The Wales midfielder’s contract was due to expire, but Ramsey believed the club wanted him to stay.
It therefore came as a shock when he was allowed to leave for Juventus on a free transfer that summer.
Aaron Ramsey waves goodbye to Emirates Stadium before leaving Arsenal in 2019
The Wales midfielder has revealed how he was offered a new contract but Arsenal – then managed by Unai Emery – agreed to sign it before it was taken off the table
Speak with The timesthe 31-year-old, now at French club Nice, said: ‘It all happened… I agreed to a contract they suggested.
“It was quiet for a few weeks. I said to my agent, ‘Let’s do it’, and then suddenly the contract was gone. So there was nothing to sign or agree to.
‘It was a difficult start for a few months with Unai [Emery]. As the season went on, I played more and played really well.
‘Then came January and I had to make a decision whether to go ahead and see what happened or agree’ [to sign] somewhere [else].’
Juventus were fond of Ramsey and offered him a deal worth around £400,000 a week, which he accepted in the summer of 2019.
Ramsey now plays for Nice in Ligue 1 after struggling to make much of an impact at Juventus
‘I’ve decided to do that’ [move] because there was nothing on the table [from Arsenal]Ramsey added.
Ramsey spent 10 years with the Gunners, scoring 64 times in 369 appearances and helping them to three FA Cup successes.
But despite the manner of his departure, Ramsey, who bid a tearful farewell on the Emirates Stadium pitch, has no animosity towards his former club.
“I have no bad words or bad feelings at Arsenal. They are still a big part of my life and I still look forward to them and I’m really happy to see them doing so well,” he said.
Ramsey made £400,000 a week at Juventus but ended up loaned out to Rangers
“I’ve always loved Arsenal and that will never change.”
Ramsey’s time at Juventus proved disappointing and he spent part of last season with Rangers in the Scottish Premiership.
He accepted a free transfer to ambitious Ligue 1 club Nice in early August.