CARDIFF CITY, the Championship club, has engaged in discussions with Wales captain Aaron Ramsey regarding a possible reunion with his childhood team. The 32-year-old midfielder is currently a free agent after declining the opportunity to extend his contract with French side Nice.
Ramsey, who began his career with Cardiff City, has not dismissed the possibility of rejoining the club in the past. He remains open to the idea of returning to his roots. While Cardiff is eager to strike a deal, they are not the sole suitor for the services of the 82-cap international.
Having progressed through the ranks at Cardiff, Ramsey made his debut for the club at the age of 16 in 2007. He subsequently departed for Arsenal in 2008 but briefly returned to his hometown club on loan in 2011 to aid his recovery from a broken leg. Ramsey went on to amass over 250 appearances for Arsenal, winning the prestigious FA Cup three times. In 2019, he departed for Juventus on a free transfer.
Expressing his desire for a move closer to home, Ramsey has emphasized the disappointment he experienced during his time in Italy, followed by a single season with Nice. Seeking a fresh start, he hopes his next venture will be in familiar surroundings.
Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman expressed last month that the Bluebirds would be delighted to secure the signing of Ramsey. However, the club’s new manager, Erol Bulut, remained tight-lipped when questioned about his interest in acquiring Ramsey’s services over the weekend.
It is worth noting that Cardiff is currently under an EFL embargo that restricts them from making transfer payments. Nevertheless, given Ramsey’s free agent status, the club would be able to secure his signature without any financial obstacles.
Last summer, Cardiff engaged in talks with former Wales captain Gareth Bale, but he ultimately opted to join Major League Soccer (MLS) side Los Angeles FC before retiring from professional football earlier this year.