Former Arsenal long term manager, Arsene Wenger has taken to the media to express how surprised he was after Aaron Ramsey made a decision to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.
Last year talks of offering the Welshman a contract extension at the Emirates Stadium was withdrawn by the club, and Ramsey has went on to sign a new four-year contract with Juventus which will make him the highest paid British player in the World as he will be earning £400,000 per week with the Italian giants, check out odds from betbrain uk as the Welshman continues to play for the North London club for the remainder of the season.
Aaron Ramsey is said to be one among many in the list of high-profile footballers to have their contracts with the club expire and leave as a free agent, with former Gunners manager Wenger expecting that list to keep on growing in the coming years as it is becoming more of a trend all thanks to the financial benefits that comes along with it, yet he claims that the Welshman choice to join Juventus has absolute nothing to do with money or any forms of desire to leave the Emirates.
Speaking about the player at Laureus World Sports Awards, Arsene Wenger told Sports Mole: “In the case of Ramsey it is not a question at all of contract. Not at all. It was not a financial situation and not a desire for the player to leave as long as I was there. I was convinced that the player would stay – after [I left], I don’t know – but it was not a financial problem and not a desire to leave problem. What happened after I don’t know.”
“Why the players run out their contract is very simple – because the transfer market is so big now that they think that if I run out my contract, I may not get the full transfer [fee], but I will get a big part of it. Adding that to the inflation, it means that the financial incitement for the player is to run out his contract.
“We will see that more and more, because a good player today is between £50m-£100m. So if the player is not bought for that price then his interest is to run the contract down and say to the club who wants to buy him ‘I don’t want £50m, but I want part of it’.”
Graduated from Arsenal academy, Ramsey will be ending his 11 year stint with the club after bagging 350 appearances in a red shirt.