Ramsey HASN'T RETURNED to Nice since Wales' World Cup exit

Aaron Ramsey HASN’T RETURNED to Nice – and hasn’t even spoken to his manager – after Wales were knocked out of the World Cup almost a month ago and finding the experience ‘hard to digest’

Aaron Ramsey has still yet to return to his club Nice following Wales’ group stage exit from the World Cup last month, according to the club’s manager Lucien Favre

Ramsey was part of a Wales squad who were playing in the tournament for the first time since 1958 and were keen to at least advance from the group phase.

Instead Robert Page’s side failed to win a game, following a draw with USA and a defeat by Iran before being eliminated by England in a 3-0 defeat, with the 32-year-old a key player in the side.

With the Premier League back underway on Boxing Day, many teams have already seen players return having featured in the final weekend of the tournament, including Ivan Perisic at Tottenham who started his side’s 2-2 draw with Brentford despite a week earlier helping Croatia to third place in Qatar after a victory over Morocco.

But Favre insists Ramsey has still not returned to the side based in the south of France in the wake of Wales traumatic exit, revealing that he has also not spoken to the 32-year-old.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of his side’s return to action against Lens in the French top flight on Thursday, Favre believed the World Cup exit was still affecting the former Arsenal and Juventus midfielder when questioned on his availability for the game.

‘No, he didn’t come back,’ he said. ‘I think the World Cup was hard for him to digest. We’ll see after.

‘No [I haven’t spoken to him]. I could, but… There you go. I answered… He was very disappointed with the World Cup. He takes his time to really recover. That’s what.’

Ramsey has been in and out of the Nice first team since his arrival, starting five of their 15 league matches – including the last two before the tournament in Qatar.

He has though appeared in all but three of their top flight games – scoring his only goal in his debut against Toulouse while contributing one assist.

Ramsey joined from Juventus following an injury hit spell at the Italian side, which ended with six months on loan where he missed a crucial penalty in the Scottish side’s Europa League final defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt. 

Despite Ramsey’s summer arrival, Nice have endured an inconsistent season thus far and sit mid-table in ninth, eight points off a European place.

Favre has only been in control of the club since the summer and little more than two months into the role was already under pressure with the club having to come out and deny they were looking towards Mauricio Pochettino to replace him as manager.

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