Aaron Ramsey takes swipe at Juventus as struggling £400,000-a-week midfielder claims Wales staff ‘understand’ him like his club do not, and vows to ‘do everything to get back to a place where I can feel good again’
- Aaron Ramsey has taken a swipe at Juventus, saying Wales ‘understand’ him
- The 30-year-old has struggled to settle in Turin with multiple injury setbacks
- Ramsey told Italian media he will do ‘everything to get to a feel good place again’
- The Old Lady could look to offload Ramsey and his £400k-a-week salary
Aaron Ramsey has taken a swipe at Juventus after claiming Welsh staff ‘understand’ him as the midfielder said he is determined to do ‘everything to get back to a place where I can feel good again’, in an interview with La Repubblica.
The 30-year-old moved to the Old Lady on a free transfer from Arsenal in 2019 and in so doing became one of the club’s highest paid players on a salary of £400,000-per-week.
However, the Welshman has failed to live up to expectations in Italy, having been hampered by a number of injury setbacks that have stunted his growth and playing time with the Serie A side.
Aaron Ramsey has taken a swipe at Juventus, saying that Wales staff ‘understand’ him
Ramsey has been sidelined for a total of 128 days through injury and when fit, fell out of favour under recently-sacked boss Andrea Pirlo, being named as an unused substitute for the final run in.
And the 30-year-old has described his time in Turin as ‘challenging’ before lavishing praise on the staff at Wales, in an apparent dig to the environment with the Old Lady.
‘The last two seasons at Juve have been very difficult, frustrating, not only from a physical point of view,’ he told La Repubblica via Calcio Mercato. ‘There have been factors and changes that I was not used to.’
Ramsey has struggled with injuries and poor displays since joining the Old Lady in 2019
The 30-year-old suggested that he requires more attention to get back up to full fitness
‘In the national team, on the other hand, I am happy to have a team that follows me step by step.
‘They understand me, they know what I need and also what my body needs. Unfortunately sometimes the teams always continue to work in a certain way, too.
‘When a player would need more attention… at least now I have the right people around me and then I’ll do everything to get back to a place where I can feel good again, and have confidence.’
Ramsey said Welsh staff ‘understand’ him and there have been changes he wasn’t prepared for
The midfielder added that he hopes he can get ‘back to a place where I feel good again’
Juventus are likely to seek to offload Ramsey this summer in a bid to get the costly Welshman off the wage bill.
The 30-year-old’s injuries and lack of game time has meant he has cost the Italians over £250,000 per game played, He has two years left on his deal and Juve are likely to want to cut their losses.
Ramsey, like Wales team-mate Gareth Bale, will hope that time away from his club with his national side will result in a rejuvenation in spirt and form.
The midfielder helped Wales to the semi-final of Euro 2016 during a magical tournament in France five years ago and Rob Page’s side may find it tough going to emulate that wonderful run this time around.