Arsenal Withdrew Contract Offer
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey says he wants to stay with the club until his contract runs out next summer.
Ramsey looks set to leave the Emirates after the club withdrew the formal offer of a new deal. He had been looking for a substantial increase to his current wages of over £100,000 a week.
Arsenal are being tipped to sell Ramsey in the January transfer window in order to recoup at least a nominal fee for the Wales international. But speaking to reporters on Friday, Ramsey suggested he won’t be going anywhere before next summer.
“Will I stay for the rest of the season? Of course, yeah. I am contracted to Arsenal and I am going to do my best now this season to try and achieve something special,” said the 27-year-old.
“Everything has been going great with the club. 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.”
Meanwhile, some outlets are suggesting that Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi wants to switch the attention to the club’s youth system.
Sanllehi recently addressed a fans’ forum in which he spoke of his time at Barcelona and the Catalan side’s academy system. Barca’s La Masia has produced players such as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi and Sanllehi hinted that he wants to give some of the Arsenal academy graduates opportunities in the first team.
Arsenal’s wage bill is currently running at over £200million a year and the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League has blown a hole in their income of around £40million a season.