Aaron Ramsey did not return to Nice – nor did he even speak to his manager – after Wales’ World Cup exit almost a month ago and found the experience ‘hard to digest’
- Aaron Ramsey played a key role for Wales in the Qatar World Cup
- However, his team was eliminated in November after being knocked out in the group stage
- However, the midfielder is yet to report to the Nice team in France
- Nice will resume their Ligue 1 campaign on Thursday when they face Lens
- Manager Lucien Favre admits he hasn’t even spoken to the 32-year-old
Club manager Lucien Favre said Aaron Ramsey has yet to return to his club Nice after Wales were knocked out in the group stage of the World Cup last month.
Ramsey was part of a Wales team that was playing in the Championship for the first time since 1958 and was keen to progress at least from the group stage.
Instead, Robert Page’s side failed to win the match, after a draw with the United States and a disastrous injury-time defeat by Iran before losing to England in a 3-0 defeat, with the 32-year-old a key player in the squad.
Aaron Ramsey has not yet returned to French club Nice after the World Cup in Qatar
With the Premier League back on Boxing Day, many teams have already seen players return after appearing on the final weekend of the tournament, including Tottenham’s Ivan Perisic who started in the 2-2 draw with Brentford despite helping Croatia finish third before week. A place in Qatar after beating Morocco.
But Favre insists Ramsey has not yet returned to the team based in the south of France in the wake of Wales’ painful exit, and revealed he has also not spoken to the 32-year-old.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of his side’s return to action against Lens in Ligue 1 on Thursday, Favre believes the World Cup exit still affects the former Arsenal and Juventus midfielder when asked about his readiness for the match.
Ramsey played a key role for Wales who were eliminated in November at the group stage
Manager Lucien Favre (centre) has admitted he has not spoken to the midfielder since
He said, “No, not anymore.” I think the World Cup was too hard for him to take. We’ll see then.
‘No [I haven’t spoken to him]. I can, but… there you go. I replied… He was very disappointed in the World Cup. He really takes his time to recover. That’s what.’
Ramsey has been in and out of Nice’s first team since his arrival, starting five of their 15 league matches – including the last two before the tournament in Qatar.
Although he appeared in all but three Premier League matches – scoring his only goal on his debut against Toulouse while contributing one assist.
Ramsey had not been in contact with his manager since Wales’ disappointing exit in Qatar
The midfielder joined Nice in the summer and scored on his debut against Toulouse
Ramsey joined from Juventus after an injury period with the Italian team that ended with six months on loan to Rangers, where he missed a decisive penalty kick in the final match of the European League, which the Scottish team lost to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Despite Ramsey’s summer arrival, Nice have endured an inconsistent season so far and sit mid-table in ninth place, eight points off a place in Europe.
Favre had only been in control of the club since the summer, and less than two months into the job he was already under pressure with the club having to walk out and deny they were looking to Mauricio Pochettino to replace him as coach.
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