Aaron Ramsdale has revealed he refused to train or play at former club Sheffield United in order to force through his move to Arsenal.
The goalkeeper swapped South Yorkshire for the Emirates over the summer, with the Gunners paying £24millio n – a fee which could eventually rise to £30m.
Ramsdale had impressed for the Blades despite their humbling relegation from the Premier League and he has become a fans’ favourite with Arsenal, posting a series of impressive displays for Mikel Arteta’s side this term.
But his latest comments suggest he forced a move through, by saying he refused to take part in training or a Championship game for United at the start of the season.
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Speaking to Watford ‘keeper Ben Foster on his Youtube channel Fozcast, Ramsdale spoke about how he ensured his dream move to Arsenal got sanctioned.
He says the Blades had not been true to their word over promises to sell him if a substantial bid came in.
He said: “There were bids coming in and they (United) were turning them down and I was like ‘you said this…’ but they were making these numbers up saying ‘if we sell you for this then we have to pay Bournemouth back all in one go and we only have this amount of profit’.
“It went on and I got told on the day of a game that a bid had come in, and I decided to play. Sheffield United knew that and then after the game, they rejected it.
“I won’t name a name and I hope my agent doesn’t see this as I might get in trouble, but normally if you don’t get your move, you’re rewarded with a new contract. It’s not set in stone but that’s normal, you saw it at Brentford with Ollie Watkins when he didn’t move.
“So we said that and someone at the club, I won’t name names, said: ‘We didn’t ask him to take less money when he was conceding goals at the start of last year.’
“That’s when I basically went: ‘I won’t play against West Brom, do what you want.’ I didn’t train for the first two days of the week, the Monday and Tuesday and the manager was like: ‘He’ll be alright, he’ll play.’
“Tuesday came and I was like: ‘No, I’m not playing.’ On the Wednesday I wasn’t in the squad and then 10 minutes before kick off I was on my way down.
“I said to them (United) from the start you know I am going to try my best for the football club and if they don’t put the money up then I’m here, I’m ready to do it, I’ve bought a house, I’m here.
“But then when you say one thing about a substantial bid coming in, and then turn it down, there’s got to be a middle ground. And when that comment got made…”
Ramsdale has quickly become a favourite among Arteta and Gunners’ fans since his arrival.
Meanwhile, his old club are already on to their second manager of the season with Paul Heckingbottom installed as Slavisa Jokanovic’s successor last month.