AARON RAMSEY praised potential Manchester United owner Jim Ratcliffe for the impressive job he has done with Nice.
The former Arsenal midfielder joined the French club on a free transfer in the summer and says he likes the way it is managed.
Boyhood Red Devils fan Ratcliffe wants to take control of the club – but faces competition from Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim.
Ramsey, 32, said: “The owner is very passionate and very invested in Nice.
“He wants to take Nice to the top.
“It’s a great project to be a part of. It just feels like a family oriented club.
“It was really nice, really enjoyable. There are worse places in the world to play.”
Nice have reached the quarter-finals of the Europa Conference League and are well placed to qualify for UEFA competition next season.
They sit seventh in the Ligue 1 table, just six points adrift of a place in Conference League qualifying.
Meanwhile, Ratcliffe and the other Man Utd takeover contenders are set to revise their bids by Wednesday’s deadline – with as many as EIGHT expected.
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These are more formal deals and are expected to be higher than initial valuations, which shouldn’t exceed £4.5bn.
With the Glazer family believing the club is worth £6billion, there is a sizeable gap that is unlikely to be fully filled in the next phase.
But it means the Glazers’ chosen agent, US-based Raine Group, could be able to formally declare a “preferred bidder” by Friday or early next week.
This would pave the way for a full due diligence of the club, its finances and assets, a process that could take two weeks or more to complete.
Still, a high degree of uncertainty remains, especially if none of the bidders come within shouting distance of the Glazer sale price.
While Sheikh Jassim, a member of the Qatari royal family, is seeking a full takeover, Sir Jim’s Ineos group is looking to buy out the Glazers’ 69 percent majority stake.
And it means there could be a third effective auction phase in which Raine conducts a procedure to try to achieve a final price closer to the Glazers’ preferred valuation.
However, Sheikh Jassim is said to make a second offer for the Red Devils in the coming days.
That’s according to Sky Sports, who claim the Qatari will submit his second gambit on Wednesday.
The Sheikh’s team are said to have been working on the new offer over the weekend – just days after new talks with the Glazers at Old Trafford and Carrington.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7679120/man-utd-sir-jim-ratcliffe-aaron-ramsey/ I’ve played in the Premier League and now play under Man Utd bidder Sir Jim Ratcliffe – he wants to take us to the top