Aaron Ramsdale reveals he went on STRIKE at Sheffield United to force through his dream move to Arsenal, as goalkeeper admits he ‘lost his head’ before taking drastic action with his former club rejecting bids
Aaron Ramsdale has revealed he went on strike at Sheffield United in order to force through his £30million move to Arsenal over the summer.
Goalkeeper Ramsdale had dazzled this season for the top-four hopefuls to live up to his price tag, but was forced to fight tooth and nail to secure his dream switch.
Speaking to Ben Foster on his The Cycling GK YouTube channel, the 23-year-old said he took drastic action due to his former club’s eye-watering valuation of him.
Aaron Ramsdale went on strike at Sheffield United to force through his dream move to Arsenal
With Arsenal sniffing around the England stopper, reports emerged that Ramsdale was worth £40million, a figure which raised eyebrows from the player himself.
During the chat with Foster, he said: ‘The numbers which were getting thrown out, there were a couple of times where I lost my head, and it was just like, “How can someone be saying £40million for me?”
‘I was doing the fan thing: relegated, £40m, it doesn’t make sense.’
Sheffield United rejected several bids for the stopper, forcing him to take the drastic measures
Sheffield United initially stood firm and rejected a host of bids from Arsenal, triggering Ramsdale to tell the club that he would not play for them again.
He added: ‘It got to the point of me saying, “I understand where you’re coming from but this is what I want to do.”
‘They said they wouldn’t stand in my way if a bid comes in or whatever.
‘And there were bids coming in and they were turning them down, and I said, “Look, you just said…”
Ramsdale eventually joined Arsenal for £30million and has impressed for them this season
‘They were making these numbers up, saying, “If we sell you for this then we have to pay Bournemouth back all in one go now and we only have this amount of profit”.
‘So it went on and I got told the day of a game that another bid had come in and I decided to play, so Sheffield United knew that, and then after the game they rejected it.
‘Normally if you don’t get a move you are rewarded with a new contract – it’s not set in stone but it’s normal, you saw it at Brentford with Ollie Watkins when he didn’t move – so we said that.
Speaking to Ben Foster on YouTube, Ramsdale admitted to ‘losing his head’ with the Blades
‘And someone at the football club, 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”. And that was when I basically went, “No, I won’t play against West Brom, do what you want.”
‘And then I didn’t train for the first two days, and the manager was like, “He’ll be alright, he’ll play”, and Tuesday came and I said, “I’m not playing.”
‘Wednesday the team news comes out that I’m not in the squad and then within 45 minutes, about 10 minutes before kick-off, I was on my way down [to sign].’