Former Liverpool striker John Toshack has urged Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey to join Juventus and gets chance to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ramsey, whose contract with the Gunners is due to expire at the end of this season, has been strongly linked with a move away from the Emirates.
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Juventus has been said to be the Welshman’s destination with the 27-year-old has been free to talk to foreign clubs over a move since January 1.
The Wales international is now allowed to leave on free transfer in the summer but Toshack believes Ramsey can’t turn down a chance to play alongside the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
“He has a unique opportunity to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, to grow, to improve, and that’s a lucky break for a lad who hasn’t had much luck,” he told La Gazetta dello Sport.
“I remember watching TV when he really hurt himself playing against Stoke in 2010. I was stunned.”
“It took him nine months to get back, but the experience helped forge his character.”
“He grew up over time, but now he’s 28 years old and ready to explode.”
“Juventus are doing really well when it comes to free agents and contracts running down, picking up top players for free like Emre Can and Sami Khedira.”
“They’ve already got a great talent like Miralem Pjanic and World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi, so it’s an excellent midfield.”
“I would recommend to everyone, football players or not, to go abroad.”
“I’ve made it a point of my management career to go out and get to know new cultures. I can assure you that for British players, it’s not easy to move abroad.”
“It’s crucial that Aaron doesn’t make the same mistake that Bale did at Madrid.”
“He needs to learn the local language straight away. That might also be why it’s best he join Juve in the summer and not in January.”
Although Aaron Ramsey will leave the club at the end of the season, his professionalism and attitude has been nothing short of admirable. He’s been playing to his best ability, scoring goals and getting assists. Off the pitch too. No gossip / media talk. Aaron will be missed! pic.twitter.com/VTBnM8bhLG
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The former Wales international added of the Arsenal star: “He was always a talent, but I don’t know if I’d call him a star yet.”
“For the moment he is playing for a big club and very soon he’ll be at a huge club.”
“That says a lot about his quality, even if I haven’t quite figured out what his best position is yet.”
“That is an issue Juve will need to clarify straight away.”
“I don’t know if Aaron is disciplined enough to play in front of the defence. I am also not sure he scores enough to play close to the strikers.”
“He might do better in a three-man midfield, where he has the possibility to push forward, or perhaps in a three supporting the centre-forward.”
“In modern football, you do need to be versatile and he is a modern player.”
Ramsey joined the Gunners from Cardiff City in 2008 and has since made 354 appearances, scoring 61 goals for the North London side.