Caerphilly-born Aaron Ramsey signs for Italian champions Juventus
News, Sport | Rhys Williams | Published: 19:25, Monday February 11th, 2019.
Last updated: 23:06, Monday February 11th, 2019
Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey will join Italian champions Juventus on a free transfer this summer after an 11-year spell at Arsenal.
Caerphilly-born Ramsey will become the highest-paid British footballer of all time, earning a salary of more than £400,000 a week.
He will move to the Turin-based outfit after his Arsenal contract expires on June 30.
Posting on his Instagram account, Ransey said he will continue to give 100% to Arsenal for the rest of the season.
He said: “I wanted to issue a personal statement all the Arsenal fans who have been extremely loyal and supportive. You welcomed me as a teenager and have been there for me through all the highs and lows I’ve encountered during my time at the club.
“It is with a heavy heart that I leave after 11 incredible years in north London. Thank you.”
Ramsey, 28, joined Arsenal in the summer of 2008 after a £4.8 million transfer from Cardiff City.
In 2010, Ramsey suffered a horror leg-break after a challenge from Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross, which saw him spend nine months on the sidelines and nearly cut short his career.
But the former Ysgol Gyfan Cwm Rhymni pupil battled on and went on to star in Euro 2016, where Wales reached the semi-finals.
He will become the third Welshman to represent the club, following in the footsteps of John Charles and Ian Rush.
Juventus have been champions of Italy for the past seven years in a row and are currently on course to win an eighth successive Serie A title.
The club, nicknamed The Old Lady, have been crowned champions of Italy 34 times and have been European champions twice.
Before signing for Juventus, Ramsey had held talks with Barcelona and had an offer from Paris St-Germain. Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Real Madrid also showed interest. Because Ramsey is out of contract, Arsenal will get nothing for the player.