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Aaron Ramsey has reportedly not returned to Nice since the end of the World Cup

Aaron Ramsey has reportedly not returned to Nice since the end of the World Cup

The midfielder has not spoken to his manager.

Aaron Ramsey still hasn't returned to Ligue 1 side OGC Nice following Wales' disastrous World Cup campaign.

The midfielder featured in all three of Wales' games in Qatar, who came bottom of Group B.

Robert Page's side earned their only point in a 1-1 draw with the United States in their opening game before suffering defeats to Iran and England.

It was an anticlimactic end to Wales' first World Cup campaign since 1958, which appears to have taken its toll on Ramsey.

Ahead of Thursday's clash with Lens, Nice manager Lucien Favre revealed he is yet to speak to the 32-year-old regarding a return to action.

Favre believes the nature of Wales' exit is contributing to Ramsey's current state. He told reporters: "No, he didn't come back [to training]. I think the World Cup was hard for him to digest. We'll see after.

"No [I haven't spoken to him]. I could, but... There you go. I answered... He was very disappointed with the World Cup. He takes his time to really recover."

Ramsey joined Nice in July after mutually agreeing to terminate his contract with Serie A giants Juventus.

Ramsey during the World Cup. (Image

He spent the second half last season on loan at Rangers, scoring twice in the Scottish Premiership. He came off the bench in the Europa League final only to have his penalty saved by Kevin Trapp in the shootout.

Ramsey made his name at Arsenal, establishing himself as a key player under Arsene Wenger and later Unai Emery.

In 2019, the three-time FA Cup winner negotiated with the Gunners hierarchy over a new contract. He intended to remain at the club he'd spent 11 years with. Suddenly, the offer was pulled.

He told the Times in September: "It all happened… I agreed to a contract they proposed. Things went quiet for a few weeks. I was telling my agent, 'Let’s do it,' then all of a sudden the contract was no longer there. So there was nothing to sign or agree.

Ramsey during his time at Arsenal. (Image

"It was a difficult start for a few months with Unai. As the season was going on, I was playing more and playing really well.

"Then January came and I had to make a decision whether I carried on and saw what happened or whether I agreed somewhere.

"I decided to do that [move] because there was nothing on the table [from Arsenal]. There was a lot of change with the manager [Unai Emery] coming. I don’t understand, I still don’t know what exactly happened."

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Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Wales, Aaron Ramsey, Ligue 1, Nice