Bluebirds reject Ramsey bid
By Amanda Cornforth
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Cardiff have turned down a £1million plus bid from Liverpool for Aaron Ramsey.Cardiff have turned down a £1million plus bid from Liverpool for young midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
Chairman Peter Ridsdale has confirmed that the Bluebirds rejected the approach just days after the club turned away a similar offer from an undisclosed top London side.
Chelsea have been rumoured to be interested in the highly-rated 16-year-old, speculation which has been dismissed by Ridsdale, and other sources have suggested that the initial bid came from either Arsenal or Tottenham.
Ramsey only has 60 seconds of first-team football to his name after boss Dave Jones put him on as a substitute in the penultimate game of last season against Hull, which saw the Wales Under 17 player break John Toshack's record as the youngest person to play for Cardiff.
But his talent and form for the Bluebirds' youth team has not gone unnoticed with Ridsdale quick to emphasise that Ramsey will not be leaving Ninian Park.
"It is utter rubbish. I'm not aware of Chelsea's interest," Ridsdale told the Western Mail.
"Liverpool are the second Premiership team to put in a seven-figure bid for Ramsey but he's not for sale.
"In fact we are not selling any more of our crown jewels. Our young players like Ramsey, [Joe] Ledley and [Chris] Gunter are not for sale. We are going to build a team around them."
The new bid for Ramsey comes just days after Cardiff agreed a £5million deal to sell Michael Chopra to Sunderland and Ridsdale revealed that he has already been looking at other players to bring in to the club following the striker's pending departure.
"With Chopra there was a clause in his contract surrounding any £5million bid," he continued.
"With these young players, there is no such clause.
"We have been in contact with one or two people. But we will not be forced into a knee-jerk reaction or held to ransom by other clubs, just because they know we have the Chopra money behind us."