What Aaron Ramsdale said about his Sheffield United future after being linked with summer move to West Ham
Aaron Ramsdale says he wants to be part of Sheffield United next season, whatever division they find themselves playing in, after one of United’s Premier League rivals were linked with a summer move for the England U21 goalkeeper.
Ramsdale has endured a difficult season since his return to Bramall Lane from Bournemouth, conceding 43 goals in 26 games for the Premier League’s bottom club.
But Ramsdale’s promising reputation has been enhanced by some eye-catching saves at different points in the season, culminating in a remarkable first-half display in defeat to Liverpool at the weekend.
Ramsdale was eventually beaten twice, by Curtis Jones’ good finish after being left unmarked in the United box and a Kean Bryan own goal that looped over him. But he made a string of remarkable saves in the first 45 minutes, the best to deny Roberto Firmino when one-on-one, and a report in London has claimed that West Ham United are monitoring Ramsdale’s situation with a view to making a summer bid if, as expected, United are relegated to the Championship.
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But Ramsdale, who came through the youth ranks before being sold to Bournemouth and then being bought back, is only focusing on one thing.
“There’s been a lot of work off the field, covering the mental side of the game as well,” Ramsdale said.
“I can’t let things affect me and I can’t have ups and downs. As a goalkeeper you’ll have them throughout a season anyway, so you’ve got to limit how often that happens and you’ve got to be reliable.
“That’s what I need to be for the rest of the season and that’s what I need to be for next year. I want to build a rapport with my teammates and defenders, and of course with the fans when they come back in.
“I’ve been out on loan and then I had a year at Bournemouth, so it’s only been a season and now it’s time for me to kick on.
“Whatever league we’re in next season, I want to be a part of it and I want to be able to help the team. That starts now, being consistent every week, on and off the pitch.”