New Juve signing, Ramsey revels who he wants to be like

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Aeron RamseyNew Juve signing,Aeron Ramsey who just signed this summer for the Serie A champions already has a role model.

According to the former Arsenal player, he hopes to emulate club legend and fellow Welshman John Charles by making a success of his time in Italy.

The 28-year-old, joined Juve from Arsenal on a free transfer and has set himself on the mark-up to measure former centre-forward Charles, regarded as one of Wales’ greatest players, who helped Juventus win three Serie A titles during his five years in Turin.

“He is an absolute legend over here and for Welsh football,” said Ramsey.

“He’s definitely someone I can look up to and hopefully follow in his footsteps.

“He definitely took everything in and left his mark here. I know how much he means to this club and the history he contributed here.

“He is a fantastic player and person I look up to and hope to emulate.”

Charles kept exemplary disciplinary record which has earned him the nickname ‘Il Gigante Buono’ in Italy the ‘Gentle Giant’.

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Ramsey will not be the first Welshman since Charles to represent the Bianconeri, with former Liverpool striker Ian Rush spending two years there between 1986 and 1988.

There will be high expectations for the former Arsenal midfielder, who signed a pre-contract agreement to move to Turin in February in a deal that will earn him more than£400,000 a week.

“When I knew Juventus were interested I couldn’t refuse as they are a great club, one of the biggest in the world and to have the opportunity to come and play here is a dream,” said Ramsey.

“And to play at the top level is a good challenge for me, to come over and experience a different way of life and a different culture, for me to take that in and embrace that and hopefully everything goes nicely over here.”

Ramsey was speaking at his first media conference as a Juventus player on Monday.

In contrast to his Wales team-mate Gareth Bale, whose lack of Spanish has drawn criticism during his time at Real Madrid, Ramsey started with a handful of sentences in Italian.

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The former Cardiff City player had been studying the language for weeks in anticipation of his move and plans to continue with his lessons in Turin.

Ramsey also confirmed he would wear Juve’s number eight shirt, previously worn by fans’ favourite and Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio.

“I wanted the number eight jersey I wore at Arsenal and, when it was free, I had to take it with both hands,” Ramsey added.

“I know Marchisio was an unbelievable player, grew up here, came all the way through and had a fantastic career. I spoke to him a couple of times.

“If I can emulate what he’s brought and done for Juventus, I’ll be pretty proud of that. I’m looking forward to wearing that jersey. I know it comes with responsibility but I’m ready for that as well.”

 

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