Sheffield United star has no intention of trying to engineer a move despite top-flight interest

Aaron Ramsdale has no intention of leaving Sheffield United following their relegation from the Premier League, after telling club officials he is committed to helping it regain top-flight status next season.

By James Shield
Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 6:01 pm

Rated as one of the most promising young goalkeepers in the country, Ramsdale has been linked with a move away from Bramall Lane this summer with Burnley reportedly among the teams interested in securing his services.

But The Star understands the 22-year-old sees his long-term future in South Yorkshire, and has no desire to move on less than 12 months after returning to United from AFC Bournemouth.

Capped 15 times by England at under-21 level, Ramsdale has been a rare success story for the managerless side during a campaign which has seen them lose 28 of their last 35 outings.

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Aaron Ramsdale has impressed since the turn of the year for Sheffield United: Simon Bellis/ Sportimage

After overcoming a difficult start, which prompted questions about United’s decision to spend around £18m luring him back north from AFC Bournemouth, he has grown in stature since Christmas; making a series of fine saves during recent games against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

With former manager Chris Wilder revealing Gareth Southgate views Ramsdale as a potential future member of his country’s senior squad, there had been speculation he could look to remain in the PL to ensure his career continues to progress.

However, after graduating from United’s Steelphalt Academy youth programme before heading to Dean Court in 2017, Ramsdale is believed to have no interest in departing again - preferring to focus instead on impressing Wilder’s successor. Despite leading them to two promotions and then a ninth placed finish at the highest level, United parted company with Wilder in March following a series of disagreements about recruitment strategy.

Slavisa Jokanovic, previously of Fulham and Watford, is the latest name to come under consideration as United look to make an appointment within a fortnight. Oostende head coach Alexander Blessin has also been linked with the role, but is unlikely to qualify for a work permit while caretaker Paul Heckingbottom also features on the shortlist of names United’s board of directors have compiled.

Gareth Southgate is a big admirer of Aaron Ramsdale: Mattia Ozbot/Getty Images

Further discussions with Jokanovic are expected to take place shortly.

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Paul Heckingbottom, temporary manager of Sheffield United, looks at his watch during Saturday's Premier League match at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. Picture credit should read: Simon Bellis/ Sportimage