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Aaron Ramsey reportedly verbally agreed terms on a four-year deal with Arsenal prior to the club withdrawing the offer, according to the Sun
Ramsey has been in negotiations over a new deal for several months with his preference to remain at the Emirates.
The Gunners’ longest-serving player is expected to leave the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season when his existing contract expires.
Talks between Ramsey and Arsenal have been ongoing for a number of weeks, but it looked as though they would reach a positive conclusion as the Welsh midfielder favoured staying in North London over joining a new club.
BBC Sport reporter David Ornstein suggests that the 27-year-old even shook hands on the latest offer tabled to him, but Arsenal pulled the plug without saying why.
As things stand Ramsey, who joined Arsenal from Cardiff City in a £4.8m deal a decade ago, will have the option of signing a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club from January 1.
“A new + improved 4yr contract was recently agreed between Arsenal & Aaron Ramsey,” Ornstein tweeted.
“But #AFC withdrew offer, are now not in a position to proceed.
“Most likely he’ll leave for free next summer, unless the perfect opportunity for both parties arises in January.”
Scottish football legend Ally McCoist has blasted the Gunners for not tying Ramsey down.
He told talkSPORT: “If that’s been allowed to happen that is absolutely unbelievable.
“Not just the football side of it, it’s the business side of it – if they’ve allowed Ramsey’s contract to expire in the summer that’s absolutely incredible.
“In fact, it’s that incredible, I can’t believe it’s true.
“A host of clubs who would want to take Aaron Ramsey.
“He could play anywhere, he would certainly be suited to playing somewhere else in Europe – he could play in Spain or in Italy.
“It’s another little headache Arsenal have got if that’s the case.”