Monday, August 8, 2022

Aaron Ramsey: Juventus end Welsh midfielder’s contract

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Aaron Ramsey has left Juventus after his contract was officially terminated, the Italian club have announced.

The Welsh midfielder has struggled to secure a permanent role in the Serie A line-up since joining from Arsenal on a free transfer in 2019 and has made fewer than 50 appearances in three years in Italy’s top flight.

His 23 league games in his debut season ended up being the best tally he had, while last season he made just three appearances in the opening weeks of the season before being sidelined until the New Year with injury troubles.

Ramsey spent the final three months of the season on loan at Rangers in Scotland but even there his fortunes did not improve as he only played a handful of times and ultimately missed the crucial penalty despite reaching the Europa League final with the Gers in the Penalty shootout against Eintracht Frankfurt.

On the international stage, the 31-year-old remains an important part of Rob Page’s side on the road to the 2022 World Cup and, like compatriot Gareth Bale, who traded Real Madrid for LAFC earlier in the summer, his priority will now be to secure a Finding a club that can leave him in the best possible form ahead of Qatar.

It was reported that Everton and Watford were keen to sign him following a departure from Turin, but Nottingham Forest – where he was on short loan early in his career – is also a possibility following promotion to the Premier League.

Before joining Juventus, Ramsey was at Arsenal for over a decade where he developed into a fine attacking midfielder for a while, winning three FA Cups in the process, but his career has stalled since moving to Juventus. A title came to him in Italy alongside the 2021 Coppa Italia, although a minimal role was played in the former and he did not appear off the bench in the final of the latter.

He had a year left on his contract at Juventus Stadium, which was reportedly worth around £400,000 a week.

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