Ramsey issues one-word response over Spurs transfer talk

Joe Williams
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey issued a blunt response to the question of whether he would swap Arsenal for Tottenham this summer.

The Wales international has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium as his contract runs out at the end of the season.

However, when asked if he would be interested in a move to Tottenham, Ramsey didn’t beat around the bush, he said: “No.”

There are a number of top Premier League clubs thought to be interested in his services after Arsenal withdrew their offer of a contract extension.

And Ramsey told The Guardian that he had been close to signing an agreement and he has no idea they took their offer off the table.

“Hopefully somebody will come up and tell me why,” Ramsey said. “I’ll accept that if there’s a reason. When the time is right, I probably will find out but that hasn’t happened yet.

“There is no contract on the table at the moment so there is nothing for me to consider or whatever. We all know that the contract was taken away off the table. I’m not sure exactly why because a few weeks before we sort of agreed and I was ready to sign.”

Despite captaining Unai Emery’s side to a victory in the Europa League against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night, Ramsey has been used sparingly this term in the Premier League.

“I think any player who is on the bench would be disappointed not to play but I’m part of the team and I want the team to do well,” Ramsey added. “We are all in it together to try and achieve the same objective.

“I’m going out and playing the way I have always played. I try to give my best for the team, help the team and try and go out there and play the best I can for myself as well. Nothing’s in my head when I’m out there; I’m just trying to have fun on the football pitch.

“These things happen in football and I’m just concentrating on playing now. I’m not really thinking about anything else too much. I’ve got other things as well in my life that I’m delighted with.

“I had twins last week, so everything is good at the moment for me. I can’t complain … It has been a very positive run. In a lot of the games we’ve found it difficult in the first half but we come out then strong in the second half and we’ve blown some teams away.”