Wales captain Aaron Ramsey says he wants to rejoin Cardiff City “one day” amid uncertainty over his club’s future.
The midfielder, 32, has been linked with a return to Cardiff, the club where he started his career.
Speaking at an event in his hometown of Caerphilly, Ramsey said he would “love” to play for the Bluebirds again.
Ramsey came through the ranks at Cardiff, making 22 first-team appearances before joining Arsenal in 2008, and briefly returning on loan in 2011.
Asked if he wanted to play for Cardiff again, Ramsey said: “I grew up there to have that opportunity, and they gave me the opportunity and gave me the platform to go on to what I’ve achieved so far. now in my career, I am forever grateful for [that].
“So for sure one day I would like to go back there, but who knows when that time is possible. We’ll see.
“There are a few things that need to be sorted out now in the next few weeks for me.
“The most important thing for me is to take advantage of my time off now with my family and make the right decision for us.”
Cardiff are under an EFL transfer embargo – and are currently only able to sign free agents – because they did not pay a transfer fee for the late Emiliano Sala.
It should run until summer 2024, however it is now cut into a window and Cardiff will be allowed to pay fees for players in the January 2024 window.
Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman spoke Radio Wales Sport The Bluebirds welcome Ramsey’s return, anytime.
“We’ll wait and see, we’d love to see him back in Cardiff but, really, his problem isn’t mine, right?” Dalman said.
“Ramsey will do what Ramsey wants to do and if he decides to have a look at us, we will welcome him with open arms, I can’t say more than that.”
Ramsey made 34 Nice appearances in 2022-23 after joining the Ligue 1 club in August after leaving Italian side Juventus.
His season ended on Monday night, when Wales lost to Turkey three days after a painful defeat at home to Armenia.
Boss Robert Page has faced criticism after a disappointing international camp, which left Wales struggling to finish fourth in their Euro 2024 qualifying group.
Ramsey says Page’s players must take their share of the flak after the defeats and insists Wales can still succeed in their bid to reach a third successive European Championship.
“I think we all have to take responsibility,” he said.
“We have a lot of expectations going into the games. The training and the build-up have been good.
“We couldn’t quite execute the gameplan we wanted in the first game and the red card [for Joe Morrell] as well as killed us in the second game.
“It’s disappointing but hopefully we can get back on track in the next camp. There are still possibilities and we believe we can get there.
“We’ve been in this position before and it’s about how you bounce back.”
Ramsey was speaking at the opening of Cruyff Court Aaron Ramsey at Trinity Fields School, a school for students with additional learning needs in Caerphilly.
The player’s foundation is closely involved in the construction of the new multi-sport court in a joint initiative with the Johan Cruyff Foundation.
“It means an awful lot to me,” Ramsey said.
“It was a great opportunity to come to work with the Cruyff Foundation, and to launch in my hometown, just a few miles away from where I grew up, great. It was great to see the court and see the children who use it.”