Aaron Ramsey breaks silence on contract saga, insists he will NOT leave in January

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He is set to become a free agent next summer, with the club deciding not to offer him a new deal

Aaron Ramsey says he will not look to leave Arsenal in January, despite the club taking the offer of a new contract off the table.

The Welsh midfielder was ready to commit his future to the Gunners and believed terms to extend his stay beyond 2019 were finalised.

Aaron Ramsey has been with Arsenal for a decade

However, Arsenal have since withdrawn their offer of a new deal, meaning the 27-year-old will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Liverpool and Manchester United have been tipped to make cut-price moves for Ramsey when the transfer window reopens, but will not be pushing for an early exit from the Emirates.

“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,” he said.

“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.

“Am I disappointed? That’s a decision that they have made and things happen in football and you just have to get on with it and carry on playing the best I can. That’s all I am concentrating on and giving my best for Arsenal.”

Aaron Ramsey scored a stunning goal for Arsenal against Fulham recently

Aaron Ramsey scored a stunning goal for Arsenal against Fulham recently

Ramsey has scored 59 goals in 338 appearances for Arsenal since joining from Cardiff for £5million in 2008.

He suggested that his contract situation was not affecting him when he scored a stunning back-heel effort in Arsenal’s last game, a 5-1 Premier League win at Fulham.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery said recently that Ramsey’s contract situation would not affect his performances.

“Each player, they have their individual situations with their contracts,” Emery said of the club’s longest-serving player.

“He is an important player and he will be helping the team with his performance.

“I want to have also the best preparation for him, for his mentality and for his quality to give us our best performance to help us to win.”

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