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Mikel Arteta makes Aaron Ramsdale transfer admission after Gareth Southgate warning


Mikel Arteta has played down talk that Aaron Ramsdale could leave in January to further his chances of making the England squad for next summer’s European Championships.

Ramsdale has been restricted solely to Carabao Cup appearances since September after David Raya’s summer arrival from Brentford. This has seen him slide down the pecking order in the England goalkeeping department with Jordan Pickford the established number one and Sam Johnstone having started last month’s friendly against Australia.

The 25-year-old was called up for the November England camp in which they’ll look to book their place at Euro 2024 in games against Malta and North Macedonia. Manager Gareth Southgate did admit though that if Ramsdale’s minutes did not improve then his chances of making the squad for next summer’s tournament in Germany could be damaged.

“I think longer term, we’re just going to have to see how it is,” Southgate said. “I had that conversation with him in the last camp. We thought he did really well for us in Scotland. He’s still battling to be the number one at Arsenal, and his profile and the way he can use the ball with his feet, we like, we think that’s important.

“But there is a reality as a keeper, if we get to March and he’s six months without playing regularly, then I’m never going to promise things that I couldn’t guarantee delivering. So he knows that, he’s perfectly realistic about that. But for this camp, we thought it’s the right thing to stick with the guys we’ve had.”

Ramsdale has been heavily linked with a January move away from the Emirates, with Raya seemingly now established as number one. Speaking last month he admitted that he was concerned over.

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