By Lee Hurley
Last week, Juventus finally confirmed that Aaron Ramsey was no longer one of their players after an agreement was struck to mutually terminate his contract.
The 31-year-old then signed a deal with OGC Nice.
Ramsey was named on the bench for Nice’s game at Toulouse on Sunday afternoon. With his side 1-0 down to a 20th minute Thijs Dallinga goal, Ramsey was brought on in the 77th minute.
In the 78th, he scored to draw things level.
#Ligue1 – 1st match of the season – Toulouse v Nice
Aaron Ramsey scores one minute into his OGC Nice debut !
Buckingham Palace spokesman said tonight – “We are absolutely shitting ourselves !” pic.twitter.com/eAm99l8MDL
— The Chalk King (@TheChalkKing1) August 7, 2022
The Old Lady apparently payed Rambo £3.4m in an agreement to rip up the final year of his deal to get his £400kpw wages off their books.
Nottingham Forest were believed the favourites to sign him this summer on a free transfer but, much to the surprise of everybody in the media, Ramsey penned a deal with OGC Nice in Ligue 1, instead.
He will no doubt be hopeful of enjoying his football a bit more after his disappointing spells in Italy and Scotland, and things couldn’t have gotten off to a better start.
Juventus tried to get Ramsey to leave the club almost from the minute they signed him on a free from Arsenal and agreed to pay him astronomical wages.
As we reported in June, the Old Lady gave up hopes of being able to find a buyer for the Welshman, while Rangers were not interested in turning his short-term loan deal from the second half of 21/22 into a permanent deal.
At the end of that month, the Daily Record stated that Juventus would pay Ramsey £3.5m to leave the club. Now, The S*n then reported that a £3.4m package has been agreed.
A few clubs had expressed interest in signing Ramsey.
Cardiff City were said to be keen to re-sign the player they sold as a youngster to Arsenal.
A move to Turkish side, Fatih Karagumruk, where Ramsey would have reunited with Andre Pirlo, reportedly fell through.
Burnley, Everton, Palace, West Ham, Leeds and Southampton have also been listed as possible destinations, along with a move to the MLS.
Then, it looked like he might end up signing for newly-promoted Nottingham Forest who were the clear favourites for his signature before Nice announced his arrival last Monday.
Source: Daily Cannon.