Aaron Ramsdale has revealed the brutal comment from a Sheffield United member of staff that made him quit the club last summer.
Ramsdale, 23, swapped Bramall Lane for the Emirates in August, with Arsenal paying £24million for his services – a fee which could eventually rise to £30million.
The highly-rated stopper impressed for the Blades as they were relegated from the Premier League last term and has now established himself as Mikel Arteta's No.1 with a series of solid displays.
Despite rumours linking him with a move to north London throughout the transfer window, Ramsdale only joined the Gunners one week before the window slammed shut.
Speaking to Watford stopper Ben Foster on his Fozcast YouTube channel, Ramsdale spoke about how he secured his dream move to the Emirates.
"It went on and I got told on the day of a game that a bid had come in, and I decided to play. Sheffield United knew that and then after the game, they rejected it," he said.
"I won't name a name and I hope my agent doesn’t see this as I might get in trouble, but normally if you don’t get your move, you’re rewarded with a new contract. It’s not set in stone but that’s normal, you saw it at Brentford with Ollie Watkins when he didn't move.
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"So we said that and someone at the club, I 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.’
"That's when I basically went: ‘I won’t play against West Brom, do what you want.’ I didn’t train for the first two days of the week, the Monday and Tuesday and the manager was like: ‘He’ll be alright, he’ll play.’
"Tuesday came and I was like: ‘No, I’m not playing.’ On the Wednesday I wasn’t in the squad and then 10 minutes before kick off I was on my way down.
"I said to them (United) from the start you know I am going to try my best for the football club and if they don't put the money up then I'm here, I'm ready to do it, I've bought a house, I'm here.
"But then when you say one thing about a substantial bid coming in, and then turn it down, there’s got to be a middle ground. And when that comment got made…"
Ramsdale has quickly become a fan favourite since his arrival at the Emirates, making 18 appearances in total so far this season.
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