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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has strongly hinted that Aaron Ramsey is in line to be one of his captains this season and said he believes the midfielder will remain at the club.
Ramsey’s existing deal expires next summer and the Welshman revealed to Sportsmail this week that an agreement is still to be reached and he will not be rushed into signing a contract.
However, Emery said: ‘Football changes every day. It is not easy. I have important players here and Aaron is important for us. The contract is for the club and the player. I want him to stay with us and work with us, to give the team his big performance with all his quality. I think he is going to stay with us.’
Emery will appoint five captains this season – a model more common in Spain – and Ramsey is now a major contender. Emery added: ‘It is not yet official this decision. I said I want five captains but Aaron has the condition to be one of the captains.’
Asked yesterday whether the armband would help secure his future, Ramsey said: ‘The captaincy is a massive responsibility and it would be an honour to captain this club. The manger is yet to decide so we’ll have to wait and see for that. But if the opportunity is there, I don’t think any player would say no it. I’m no different to that.’