Aaron Ramsey (32) reacted coyly when questioned about his future at OGC Nice during a pre-match press conference ahead of Les Aiglons’ meeting with local rivals AS Monaco.
Ramsey signed a one-year contract with Nice when he signed the club in the summer. He joined on a free transfer after having his contract at Serie A side Juventus terminated. The former Arsenal midfielder endured a difficult start to life at the Allianz Riviera, but has grown in confidence in recent weeks and has hit a purple patch of form that has coincided with the arrival of Didier Digard as manager.
However, his future may not necessarily lie at the Riviera club. Ramsey’s contract expires in the summer, and he was non-committal to remaining at the club beyond the end of his current deal.
“I think right now it’s just important to focus on the next match, which is Monaco and just take each game as it comes. I think that’s been the way we’ve approached things over the past few weeks and we’ve got some really good results from that so it’s important to build on that and keep progressing as a team and see where that takes us. There is still a long way to go this season, there’s still a lot to play for, and we’ll be doing our best to try and finish off the season as strongly as possible, and progress as far as we can in Europe and see where we can go from there,” said Ramsey.
Questioned by Get French Football News’ Luke Entwistle whether his future was therefore dependent on European qualification for next season, Ramsey was reluctant to commit, despite speaking glowingly about the trajectory of Les Aiglons.
“I think this club has the ambition to compete at the highest level and you can see that with the intention of the people who are making the decisions. They want Nice to be competing at the highest level, competing for the league, competing for the Champions League and the sky’s the limit,” began Ramsey.
The Welsh international continued, “Everything is being put in place and these things take a little bit of time to get going and gather momentum. But you can clearly see the changes. If everything keeps going the way it’s going, it will be difficult to stop Nice in a few years’ time. Hopefully, things progress the way they are at the moment. Let’s see where Nice can go to.”
GFFN | Luke Entwistle