Arsene Wenger has revealed Aaron Ramsey wanted to stay at Arsenal, but the club’s decision to withdraw a contract offer forced his move to Juventus.
The Welshman was in the final year of his deal at the Emirates when the club’s hierarchy suddenly decided to retract their extension offer, paving the way for the playmaker to sign a pre-contract agreement with the Italian champions.
And Wenger says he tried everything to get the midfielder to stay, claiming Ramsey was happy to remain with the north London club until the contract U-turn took place.
“In the end I met him once, he wanted to stay at Arsenal,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS. “They had an agreement and the club came back on that, from what I understood.
“I tried a long time to extend his contract but sometimes you have influences of agents as well.
“Every case is different and you have to understand in decision makings always who is influential – or not – when you make transfers.
“What I know from him, he was keen to stay.”
When quizzed on whether Juventus is a good fit for Ramsey, Wenger said bluntly: “If he plays.
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“Like Ruud [Gullit] says, you have to win but as well when you’re 27 or 28, that’s your best years as a football player.
“If you don’t play from 27-32 that’s difficult to swallow. You can be patient at 21, 22, 23… you’re in and out. Once you get to 27 you have to play.”
Ramsey has made eight appearances for Juve since joining earlier this year, scoring two goals. He netted his first strike in September’s defeat of Verona, and added his second of the campaign on Wednesday with a goal against Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League.