Aaron Ramsey insists he will stay at Arsenal for the season rather than leave in January, after confirming the club withdrew the offer of a new contract.
The Wales midfielder revealed he thought an agreement on fresh terms was in place and though he chose his words carefully he was clearly saddened at the sudden change of circumstance.
An improved four-year deal had been sorted but before the final version was written up Arsenal pulled out a fortnight ago. It is believed Arsenal need to cut the wage bill after two seasons out of the Champions League and manager Unai Emery has other midfield targets.
Ramsey has been at Arsenal for 10 years and it is expected foreign clubs will propose pre-contract agreements for next summer when the winter window opens. Sportsmail revealed Juventus’s interest on Thursday.
It is also thought Premier League sides will look at signing the 27-year-old for a cut-price fee in January, but Ramsey said he wants to stay at the Emirates until his current deal runs out on June 30, 2019.
‘Of course, yeah,’ he said. ‘I am contracted to Arsenal and I am going to do my best now this season to try and achieve something special.’
He added: ‘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.’
Asked if he was disappointed that the contract offer was withdrawn, he replied: ‘That’s a decision they have made. Things happen in football and you just have to get on with it and carry on playing the best you can. That’s all I am concentrating on.’
Ramsey was speaking after Wales lost 4-1 to Spain in front of 50,232 at the Principality Stadium, the first match at the ground since 2011.
‘It was a tough game,’ said Ramsey. ‘Spain are a very good team and especially in the first 30 minutes we got caught out. That was the most disappointing thing.