By Paddy Kenny

29th Jul, 2021 | 4:00pm

Kenny hails Sheffield United 'statement of intent' after Sky update on Arsenal bid for Ramsdale

Sheffield United must take a “hard stance” on Aaron Ramsdale in order to shake their reputation as a selling club.

That is according to Blades legend Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the latest in Arsenal’s pursuit of the shot-stopper.

Sky Sports reported on 24th July that the Gunners are considering a third bid of approximately £25million for the 23-year-old.

Ramsdale signed a four-year deal with United when he joined from Bournemouth in an £18.5m switch last summer.

Kenny claims that the Blades could send a signal that they want an immediate return to the Premier League by blocking Arsenal’s advances.

“It would be a proper statement of intent,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“He has shown what a quality goalkeeper he is in a team that was struggling.

“If Sheffield United could hold onto him and show that hard stance, it would show they aren’t just willing to let their best players leave.

“I hope they do keep him. Me personally, I think it would be good for him to stay. He’s had two relegations now and I think he needs a good season.

“He’ll have an amazing career and is a massive prospect. But I don’t think it would do him any good to go to Arsenal and risk not being number one when he’s got so used to playing.

“It will be good for his confidence if he can stay at Sheffield United and be in a successful team that hopefully are gonna be pushing for promotion.

“When you are winning, you do things and they come off. When you’re losing, they don’t. It’s a confidence game and he could build that at Sheffield United.

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